AS many have decided, there is great need for certain units of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to be rearmed as warranted by the nature of their duty following the recent ethnic tensions we had here.
Two such units are the Maritime and VIP units.
Not that alone, but as members of the Commonwealth group of countries and also part of the global community, arming of security or military officers is inevitable for the sole purpose of security for their citizens and most specifically those in power.
Our politicians and of course the constitutional post holders and families need to be protected at all times.
The security for these people will allow them to do their work more effectively and efficiently without fear and intimidation.
Now while it is a good news, the question is, “What if some so-called leaders (politicians and constitutional post holders) are implicated in corrupt activities, arousing public outcry as had been experienced every now and then?
What would be the reactions of some other people or members of the parliament themselves?
Are the citizens of this nation continue to bow down to such practices or decided and resort to other means of expressing disagreement?
Solomon islanders as human beings are well known too for abusing arms and I’m just wondering if some frustrated people will not ponder to take up arms against our own people.
It is good to remind the voiceless and illiterate citizens of this nation that, we are just trying to imitate and follow the footsteps of our bigger industrial nations like England, America, Japan, Germany and perhaps Australia and New Zealand.
It is people’s general faith that having followed these nations’ way of doing things will able to improve people’s standard of living.
Now the question again is, do these nations free from abusing arms they have made and meant for good cause?
Listening to the world current affairs, so many of these states have also abused arms against their own people and indeed caused much mix feelings amongst their own citizens.
So many police and military officers who were mandated by the law to handle guns or arms professionally have shot dead people and end up in court.
Please refer to international news carried in Solomon Star issue number 5787 pg 16, dated 9th April 2015, titled, “US policeman charged with murdering black man.”
That is the latest incident in a string of police shootings in the United State of America.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tension over the deadly use of force by US police, particularly by white police officers against black men.
The situation has prompted many leaders to speak out including the US President Barack Obama.
President has spoken out about problems with policing in parts of the country. I hope he was unhappy about ill discipline in the police force.
Further to this I wanted people to watch and think seriously about the movie/film titled, “Assault on the Wall Street (2013).”
It was also produced in US reflecting on real situation.
One frustrated security officer had taken up arm and went around gunning down chief executive officers in various institutions accusing them of corruption.
Now while these are common in those countries following different situations they were in, the next question is, are this scenario be allowed and impacts seen happening again in this so-called Christian nation?
Are leaders continued to push for this to eventuate or find other alternative options?
This nation and its future is in our hands, therefore whatever decision we take now will very much determine our future destiny.
By PETER SITAI