Over 390 guns surrendered under the Presidential Firearms Amnesty
By Peter Chivhima
THE Second Republic’s decision to pardon unlicensed firearms holders through the Presidential Firearms Amnesty has received immense support with 392 unregistered firearms being voluntarily surrendered since the beginning of the blitz in August this year.
The business community on the sidelines of a security symposium commended the second republic saying the firearms amnesty will help reduce financial losses through armed robbery.
“The Presidential firearms amnesty is a welcome development for us who are doing business because it helps us to increase our profitability because cases of armed robberies are going to be reduced.
“There are a lot of takeaways from this gathering because it allows us in the business fraternity to carry our business without any hindrances. Because at times we end up fearing to operate freely because of armed robberies so if people surrender the guns it’s an advantage for us,” said members of the business community.
Private Security Sector expert and businessman Dr Abel Mubango outlined the importance of stakeholder engagement minimising losses through armed robbery
“We want to take this opportunity to implore the business community and the private Security sector to periodically engage in such forums so that they can share ideas and help reduce the loss of money due to armed robbers. In the past such cases have been on the increase,” he said.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), National Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi called on the business community to invest in the security sector.
“We want to urge the business community to invest in the security sector. Today criminals are studying their victims so it is important for business people to invest in their business so that they help curtail such issues. I think it is important for you to come together so that if one business is attacked it will be easy for the security guard to call for help,” he said.
“To date, more than 392 guns have been voluntarily surrendered since the beginning of the blitz. So we are calling for those who have guns to go and surrender them to the Police before the end of this month. “
President Emmerson Mnangagwa granted firearms amnesty after the country had witnessed a surge in armed robbery cases.
The window period for surrendering firearms is still open until the end of this month.