Second Annual General Meeting Highlights

Head of security at Kenyan telco giant, Safaricom, Major (Rtd) Michael Kariuki is now the new chairman of the Association of Corporate and Industrial Security Management Professionals (ACISMP) with effect from 13th April, 2019. Major Kariuki was unanimously elected chairman by ACISMP members during the second annual general meeting held at Pride Inn Hotel in Nairobi on 13th April, 2019. He succeeds Major (Rtd) Twalib Mbarak who recently got a State appointment to head the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and consequently relinquished his chairmanship as required by the Constitution. Major Kariuki will be deputised by Major (Rtd) Geoffrey Kigen who prior to the election to the new position was the Chairman of the Administration and Finance sub-committee. The docket previously held by Major Kigen will now be steered by Major (Rtd) Sam Odero. In his speech to the members when he officially handed over the baton to the new chairman, Major Mbarak expressed optimism in Major Kariuki, whom he said has the ability to steer ACISMP to the next level.

He noted that his successor is very competent and as such, he is confident that the association is in able hands. “I am happy today that I am handing over to a very competent colleague. Major Kariuki also has a very clean heart. He is actually the one who successfully guided me to navigate the world of corporate security when I was new in the field,” Major Mbarak noted. He further hailed ACISMP as a solid security association whose foundation rests on equally solid members determined to catapult the association to greater heights. In the light of this, he observed that there is a need for every member to play their respective roles to ensure ACISMP gets to the desired levels. “All of you here have very important appointments at your various places of work, whether at State corporations, United nations agencies, multinational agencies among others. This is enough proof that we have what it takes to take ACISMP to the next level,” the outgoing chairman said. Major Mbarak urged members to remain committed.Despite having assumed a busy office, he pledged his full support to the undertakings of the association. Major Mbarak observed that his membership in ACISMP was among the factors that boosted his chances to take the corner office at Integrity Centre.

In his acceptance speech to the new position, Major Kariuki hailed the members for their confidence in him and pledged to steer the association with the pace set by his predecessor. He lauded ACISMP members for their sacrifice which he said has been the engine behind the progress the association has made so far. “Through your respective sacrifices, we can all see the progress that this association has made so far since inception. This is indeed no small fete,” the Chairman said. He added: “As a result of this sacrifice, we have achieved significant milestones which include implementation of our strategic plan, stakeholder engagement and partnerships, as well as education in line with the need to leverage on the association to equip members with more knowledge to run security of this country in a more professional way.” Major Kariuki emphasised on the need to embrace technology and make it one of the key drivers which will propel ACISPM’s operations. He said that technology has contemporarily become a significant focal point in most disciplines including security. “Just like other disciplines, security is also evolving at quite a fast rate. The only way to meet the expectations of delivering robust security solutions is through minimising human interventions and maximising on use of technology,” he advised. In his progress report to the members, ACISMP Secretary General Captain (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang observed that despite the association being at its development stage, it has so far recorded great milestones. He noted that these milestones are an indication that the association is heading in the right direction. Among the key milestones highlighted by the Secretary General included setting up of an office and appointment of an administrator who has been running ACISMP’s day-to-day operations. The office is located at Westlands, Nairobi. Captain Lokwang further noted that ACISMP has so far developed and commissioned the association’s website. He however noted that the previous website did not deliver per expectation and hence the association undertook to develop another one. “We are currently in the process of developing another website due to the challenges we have encountered with the earlier website.

The new website will have a wider scope for the users and shall address the various challenges we have encountered with the old one,” he said. According to the web developer who also presented at the meeting, among the key challenges with the old website was that it took considerably long before it could load a page. The developer, Mr Marcus Otieno, indicated that it took an average of 24 seconds for the old website to load a page which not only discouraged users from visiting the site but also is not in line the best practice standards for websites. Captain Lokwang highlighted the recent appointment of Major Mbarak to head EACC as a key milestone that has put ACISMP on the map.

ACISMP Secretary General Captain (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang makes his presentation during the Second AGM at Pride Inn Hotel, Westlands.

“We are proud to see one of us appointed to be in charge of a powerful office such as EACC. This is indeed a great achievement not only for Major Mbarak but also for ACISMP,” Captain Lokwang remarked. Another major milestone for ACISMP, Captain Lokwang added, is media presence where some members have recently commentated on security issues affecting the country in the mainstream media. “During the wake of the heinous Dusit attack, myself and Mr Bryon Adera appeared in separate media interviews where we commented on that attack. Major Mbarak has also been writing opinion pieces on topical security issues that are published in the dailies. All these give this association good visibility,” he said noting that Mr Adera is now ACISPM’s spokesperson. Captain Lokwang urged members to continue throwing their weight behind the operations of the association and to fully support its undertakings. He noted that there are numerous opportunities such as strategic collaborations with the government to enhance provision of security services in the country. These strategic collaborations include collaborations with the Private Security Regulatory Authority, Private Security Training Academy and the National Counter Terrorism Centre among other security entities. He indicated that such opportunities and many others will give ACISMP leverage for a stronger foothold. Speaking at the same forum, ACISMP Organising Secretary Major (Rtd) Nicholas Mayenze said that the association’s constitution will undergo review to include provisions such as the code of conduct for members. This, he noted, will make ACISMP stronger. Major Mayenze further said that the association will have an Advisory Council which will play an oversight role to the association. “Membership to the council, which will be made up of four members, will compromise members holding high positions in the society. The council will be in addition to the Executive Committee. I request members to suggest names to enable us constitute the council,” he said.

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