✓There is no national security breakdown–Zikhale
✓That’s a careless and sad statement–Nankhumwa
✓Let those with ideas and brains take over–CDEDI
By Romeo Umali, LILONGWE
Homeland Security Minister Ken Zikhale Ng’oma’s statement that the on-going murder incidents do not amount to national security breakdown has drawn angry reactions with some describing his words as not inspiring hope amid fear and panic engulfing citizens.
Ng’oma further claimed the incidents are being worsened by those who want to bring down the current regime; adding they are currently engaging expatriate investigators from Zimbabwe to get to the bottom of the matter.
Argued Ng’oma: “A national issue should be evaluated in terms of percentages and ratios; three individuals amidst a population of 20 million do not constitute a national crisis.”
The minister also directed Police Inspector General, Merlyne Yolamu to promptly provide updates him updates on the issue for transparency and accountability.
But various commentators have faulted Ng’oma for what they describe as a casual response to a serious issue deserving mature handling.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa had this to say: “That’s a careless and sad statement coming from a cabinet minister. Tell him every single life is precious.”
Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa says all expected to hear a clear strategy he is putting forward to contain the situation not these excuses.
“Now the noble thing to do is just stepping down let those with ideas and brains take over. He should stop wasting our time while we are losing productive lives like this.
“And where do we get the forex to pay for this? He has failed, he should do the needful to save himself the embarrassment of being pushed out of here public position. This is a serious matter that ought to be treated as such,” says Namiwa.
Meanwhile, governance commentator, Wonderful Mkhutche says the minister should not politicise the issue as early as now; stressing what people want are answers for their safety.
“That someone wants to destroy the reputation of the government is an unfortunate remark that suggests the government is only caring about itself,” says Mkhutche.
He further argues engaging the expatriates is and admission we do not have capacity to handle these cases.
Adds Mkhutche: “Where were we all this long that we are able to see our inadequacy? This shows incompetence by the decision makers. They are only reacting, and not acting.”
During the media briefing, Zikhale Ng’oma also indicated that the almost forgotten investigations into the brutal murders of Issah Njaunju and Robert Chasowa were still going on.
This comes as the country has recorded a number of gruesome murders in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzimba and Thyolo among others.