Doubts over ZOSO strategy
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The mere fact that IDs are becoming an issue in the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) tell of a lack of preparation for the start of the first.
I am now hearing that it has held up persons trying to get urgent back-to-school supplies from the community.
Now, I support any meaningful and well-prepared action to rid our country of its criminal elements, but I do not support an inept government and security forces that still fail to recognise the rights of people on the ground. This lack of attention to IDs says a lot about the lack of preparedness for the start of these zones.
The assumption that all our poor and marginalised people must have at least a national ID card, if they did indeed assume that in the first place, reinforces my questions about our police and Government.
I am also gravely concerned about talk of police and soldiers carrying body cams in these zones and the chain of custody for the videos and pictures that come from these devices.
I hope someone smarter than those in the Government and the security forces manages to convince them that technology like drones can be deployed on a much wider and strategic scale than these ZOSOs.