Breaking News

Police shoot to kill policy noble but . . .

by Staff reporter
14 January 2013 | 3128 Views
ONCE we are born, we strive to make sure that each and every step of our lives is taken with a view to shape what sort of life we envisage to live during our time.




Although parental guidance and control sometimes contribute to how we shape our lives, ultimately individuals as they grow have a say on the direction they intend to lead their lives.

That is why there are many professions for the taking and professionals who toil everyday to ensure that their lives improve for the better.

History has taught us that hard work is the most sure and pure way of fulfilling our dreams. It is worrying to note that while most people sweat it out to ensure that their families enjoy a better life, there are rogue elements in society who are there to take forcibly what others have worked for.

Worse, in the process, they kill innocent people and the police, who not only are professionals but people who are diligently serving the nation to ensure that there is law and order in the public interest.

It is worrying that there has been a sudden increase in armed robbers killing victims and police officers on duty.

Last week, a police officer Detective Assistant Inspector Thadius Chapinga was shot dead by a carjacker he was taking to Braeside police in Harare.

The cunning armed robber had the audacity to cover the body in a plastic paper with the intention of burning it. Last Friday four armed robbers hit a gold mine in Zvishavane and robbed workers of cash and cellphones.

There are more police officers who have died in the line of duty at the hands of these armed robbers and carjackers leaving behind aged parents and children suffering.

Such a trend is worrying and people must know that all the actions we do determine how we are going to live or be viewed within society. As such no one can sympathise with armed robbers and carjackers.

There are people who are dangerous to the community and must be removed not only through the court system but through shooting especially if they attempt to kill victims or police.

Hence, we fully support the order that has been given to police to shoot to kill armed robbers. The fact that these robbers would be armed is a clear indication that their intention would be to shoot and the only noble way to get at them is to shoot them as well, any other means might be fatal to police officers.

Officer Commanding CID Senior Assistant Commissioner Simon Nyathi has warned that police will not hesitate to shoot these undesirable elements in society. True to their word the police have shot and killed Takesure Dumba who is alleged to have shot the late Detective Assistant Inspector Chapinga.

"They have started a war they will never win. As police, we have now ordered a shoot to kill policy for such perpetrators. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword," he said.

As aptly declared by the police, we support the elimination of these rogue elements in the country. No one wants to lose property or worse life at the hands of some lazy person not eager to work hard for his/her survival.

Police officers are also human beings working for the nation and their families and cannot tolerate being shot at. More training must be introduced to police officers to ensure that they handle such cases as professionally as possible.

While we fully support the shoot to kill policy, we also warn police to apply it with due care.

They must be certain that they are engaging armed robbers and avoid wantonly shooting as this can result in unnecessary loss of life in the name of shoot to kill.

Police must at least shoot if they are certain that the suspect is armed or worse if they have been fired at.

History has shown that sometimes trigger happy police officers end up abusing the policy and shoot at innocent people.

In 2010, Bulawayo residents were infuriated when police fatally shot Fletcher Tavengwa and injured his friend Lewis Sanyango whom they suspected to be armed robbers.

It later emerged that the students were not armed nor had they attempted to flee because they were shot at while parked in the city centre. It is such incidents that then prompt calls for police to ensure that when applying the shoot to kill policy, they must do their homework to ensure that suspects or ordinary people who are not armed are not caught in the crossfire.

It is possible that some people can take advantage and report their enemies as armed robbers hence the call for police to be vigilant. Driving expensive cars or cars with tinted windows does not necessarily make one an armed robber.

We have faith in our police. They are one of the most effective in the region and history shows that once they commit their energy to flushing out the armed robbers, they can do it. The public has a great role to play as these armed robbers stay with the people. We must report them to the police and leave the police to do their investigations and help in making the country more peaceful.

We repeat, those members of society who have given themselves the right to break the law must know that they risk getting their ribs and all bones in their bodies broken too. We will not shed a tear for armed robbers and carjackers.

Shoot Kill Police Policy


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: SN

Comments

Latest News

Murder for cash on the rise, says police - Police have appealed to peo...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 127 Views

Former ZBC presenter Knight mocks at poor protestors

by Stephen Jakes | 27 May 2016 | 611 Views

'I'm the 4th powerful man in Zanu-PF,' says Obert Mpofu

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 636 Views

NO to homosexuality- AFM

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 295 Views

Smuggler arrested in Limpopo

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 389 Views

Daily Divinity Questions and Answers with Witness Dingani - QN Discuss...

by Witness Dingani | 27 May 2016 | 113 Views

Mphoko football tourney on - TWO primary schools and four junior leagu...

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 27 May 2016 | 142 Views

10 years jail for 31km chase roadblock dodger - A PIRATE taxi driver w...

by Patience Mutsiwi | 27 May 2016 | 298 Views

Dou assault and rob Bulawayo man for blowing their beer cover

by Stephen Jakes | 27 May 2016 | 169 Views

Akbay readies for battle as Bosso leave to face Dembare

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 27 May 2016 | 186 Views

How Mine stop FC Platinum - How Mine 0 - 0 FC PlatinumTHE match might ...

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 27 May 2016 | 134 Views

Mphoko lashes out at failed bank executives - VICE President Phelekeze...

by Oliver Kazunga | 27 May 2016 | 136 Views

Double amputee Ncube dismayed over acquittal of his assailant

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 150 Views

Chivayo fights 2005 conviction

by Daniel Nemukuyu | 27 May 2016 | 228 Views

Mnangagwa warns wayward Zanu-PF officials - VICE President Emmerson Mn...

by Nqobile Tshili | 27 May 2016 | 225 Views

Teacher beats pupil to death

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 250 Views

'Desist from keeping large sums of cash' - Police have warned members ...

by Freeman Razemba | 27 May 2016 | 191 Views

4 Air Zimbabwe boss' killer suspects in the dock - FOUR men from Bulaw...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 207 Views

POSB starts offering mortgage loans - THE People's Own Savings Bank ha...

by Martin Kadzere | 27 May 2016 | 211 Views

Chief Masuku led his subjects to resist the takeover of Maleme Ranch -...

by Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights | 26 May 2016 | 1366 Views

Entertainment

Sandy, Khuliyo show tickets selling like hotcakes - THE Sandra Ndebele...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 26 May 2016 | 977 Views

Zimbabwe-born Olivier excels in SA music contest - Zimbabwe-born Jerem...

by Staff reporter | 25 May 2016 | 1923 Views

After Flashbacks and Setbacks press brief - A EDZAI ISU Theatre Arts P...

by Staff Reporter | 25 May 2016 | 505 Views

Gringo turns to music - "I am an artiste and have passion for acting. ...

by Sophia Chese-Msowa | 25 May 2016 | 2044 Views

Dj Zinhle dying to be in Bulawayo

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2016 | 3176 Views

How Oskido fell in love with Kwaito - SOUTH African music mogul Oscar ...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 24 May 2016 | 2557 Views
iBlog

What To Look For In Video Converter Software

looking for the best video converter software? you have to compare different video converters before making a purchase.the ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that ... Read More
Sergey 19 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago