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Armed Robberies Now A Threat To National Security - ED

Armed Robberies Now A Threat To National Security - ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described rising armed robbery cases across the country as a threat to personal and national security and has threatened a shoot-to-kill policy to deal with the criminals.

Of late, armed robbers have been targeting homes, businesses, mines, and motorists on highways, getting away with tens of thousands of United States dollars.

More worryingly is the fact that some of the suspected robbers are serving and former army and police officers who pounce on their victims armed with AK-47 rifles.

In his 2021 Unity Day message, Mnangagwa said armed robberies are becoming a menace, warning that “those who dabble in arms will soon fall by the sword”. He said:

Lately, we have witnessed an upsurge in gun-related crimes. There is a clear upsurge in the abuse of firearms, including violent armed robberies.

The government now treats this as a grave threat to personal and national security.

Decisive measures have now become necessary to put an end to this growing menace that threatens our otherwise peaceful, law-abiding nation and citizenry.

Those who dabble in arms will soon fall by the sword. Let them be warned.

Earlier this month, a retired detective, Joseph Nemaisa gunned down three armed robbers who were part of a five-man gang that had held his family hostage, demanding cash at his Chadcombe home.

It was later established that a soldier and a former police officer were among the dead while another serving soldier and former cop escaped and but were later arrested.

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8 Comments

Cde Bullion 4 months ago

H.E. has a point. However, I feel his definition of armed robbery is narrow. It must include maBhemba Ari kushandiswa kuba kuma komba nemudzimba. Machetes, knobcarries, axes, hammers are now the most common arms employed in robberies.

ALL ARMED ROBBERY MUST END TODAY!


Thando 4 months ago

Shoot to kill


Nostro & Vostro 4 months ago

The biggest armed robbers in Zimbabwe are the Financial and Monetary policy makers.


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA¢ HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WHEN HE SAID MOST WORRYING HIM ABOUT TODAY'S ROBBERIES IS THE FACT THAT MOST THEM ARE BEING PERPETUATED BY SAVING AND FORMER ARMY AND POLICE PERSONAL.

PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA ALSO WARNED THE PERPETRATORS AND THE WOULD BE PERPETRATORS THAT IN FUTURE THEY WILL NOT BE TREATED WITH KID GLOVES AS SECURITY SHALL BE ALLOWED TO APPLY SHOOT TO KILL POLICY.

HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT TELL US WHY THESE ARMED ROBBERIES HAVE SPROUTED LIKE THIS BECAUSE CIVIL SERVANTS, INCLUDING SECURITY FORCES CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THEMSELVES ON PEANUT BUTTER SALARIES THEY ARE NOW BEING PAID.

I AM NOT JUSTIFYING SECURITY FORCES ARMED ROBBERS, NO. I AM MARELY BEING TRUTHFUL.

I THINK WHAT IS ALSO WORRYING THE PRESIDENT IS THE FACT THAT SOME OF THE ARMED ROBBERS LEAVE POINTS OF DUTY TO GO AND COMMIT THESE HIENEOUS CRIMES AND COME BACK TO THE POINT OF DUTY WITHOUT DETECTION. THIS POINTS TO LAXITY IN CLOSE SUPERVISION. SUPERVISION MUST BE TIGHTENED.

I HOPE SECURITY FORCES COMMANDS SHALL REVISE THEIR SUPERVISION STRUCTURES AND SKILLS TO MAKE THEM WATER TIGHT.

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Gogodera 4 months ago

Security yedu inoda kudzidziswa kuchengetedza nyika corruption mudzi wechivi ende ukasagadziriswa nekukurumidza vechidiki ava vatoita mbavha vese


curry 4 months ago

Ndozvinoratidza kut varikuti tungamirira kut vakuzvitadza kkkk


Mr ndhlumbi 4 months ago

Munangagwa ndiye Ari kukonzeresa zvese izvi munyika mune nhamo plus masoja awandisa ende haana basa rekuita ndosaka akurobha


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Fanuel 4 months ago

Don't threaten comrade-shoot to kill and lengthy jail terms with no bail conditions upon being arrested.



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