An Irish Security company, IRMS, founded in 2004 is within a few years involved in a joint venture in Kenya. I was wondering why Kenya and I could find no particular connection between the IRMS principals and Kenya. So the question remained, why Kenya and not Trinidad or the Philippines. Why anywhere overseas ... it is not like Irish Security companies have a history of expansion abroad, least of all Asia, Africa or Latin America.
And, of course, at the back of my mind was the IRMS connection with Shell and the fact that several IRMS employees turned up in Bolivia, where a progressive president had nationalised oil and gas ventures, with the aim of furthering a secessionist movement. One of these, Michael Dwyer was shot dead by Bolivian security forces.
The reason IRMS is in Kenya we are told is to develop a security transit business with KK Security, one of the biggest security operations in Africa, called KK Lodgit. This puzzled me because the IRMS principals, while apparently having some experience in global freight security, have no apparent background in cash transit. It is not like they have been moving money around Ireland, or anywhere else, successfully for decades. So what exactly were Farrell and Downes bringing in terms of expertise to KK Security that would see the latter embarking on a joint venture? Furthermore there appear to be several well established (for decades) and successful businesses in Kenya in the market that KK Lodgit is apparently aimed at including, significantly, G4S (formerly securicor Kenya) a subsidiary of an huge international operation.
So my curiosity aroused I did some internet searched on IRMS Africa which I presume is the subsidiary of IRMS involved in the joint venture. Nothing. Then I did some searches on KK Lodgit. Very little, though it does appear that there are some vehicles being uparmoured in some way and equipped with safes. Then I searched on Paul Rees who we are told is the guy running KK Lodgit. Again very little thought he may have worked for Securicor in Kenya in the past.
What did interest me, however, was that the name Paul Rees did appear as part of a Kenyan public/private delegation to southern Sudan arranged through the auspices of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army in 2005. In a report on the mission he is described as the Managing Director of Rockland Kenya, Ltd. Rockland Kenya is a ruby mining operation. Internet searches throw up many links to it but I could not find any associating a Paul Rees with this company. The current Managing Director appear to be Ms Alice Muthama.
Then of course it was brought to light that one of the Board of Directors of KK Security is a member of Sudan People's Liberation Army:
Machar Bading Jageah Gien, Director - Sudan - Machar is a serving officer in the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA). A military intelligence officer, he is also a logistics officer and a special VP of the Government of Southern Sudan Escort and Security. Machar holds a Diploma in Military Law from Defence Staff Training College, Nairobi.
So with Sudan popping up it struck me that possibly this was the real reason IRMS was in Africa.
We know that Sudan is oil rich.
We know that the Chinese are in there in a big way, particularly in the oil business.
We know that the US would like to change this.
We know that in the previous civil wars in Sudan the CIA provided the Sudan People's Liberation Army with arms, etc.
We know that there was a peace deal brokered a few years ago which ended the fighting and gave the SPLM/A places in the Sudanese government, but that subsequently the SPLM/A has pulled out of the government.
So is it possible that things are about to kick off again in South Sudan and that the CIA and companies like Shell are in there stirring things? Wasn't there some story about a shipment of tanks recently seized by pirates being bound for South Sudan by way of Kenya?
So following on secessionist adventures by it's employees in Boliva, and it's links to big oil, is it possible that the real reason IRMS is in Kenya is to do with south Sudan? Are they there to funnel mercs into the conflict or some such thing?