The National, Monday August 5th, 2013
KILLING William Kapris is not a remedy for all our crimes.
Kapris committed crimes and was killed in a shootout with police but any way you look at it, they did not “kill the crimes” to create a peaceful society.
The money Kapris stole was insured, so Bank South Pacific resumed business and it did not really affect the entire PNG population in terms of delivery of basic goods and services.
Kapris committed a crime and was caught and brought to justicewhich resulted in imprisonment.
It was the failure of the Correctional Service (CS) and even the police, in making sure he was well-guarded in Bomana jail.
How did he escape from the maximum security prison when the CS, police and the Government should have enough manpower as well as the resources to keep him locked up?
The Government has only wasted the hard-earned money of taxpayers.
This implies that the people, through the Government, have paid the cost for the poor and ineffective administration of the police force and the CS.
The scenario here shows that the Government preaches about fighting corruption but fails to practise what it preaches legally or rationally to minimise the crime rate in our country.
How in the world can the police justify that it is legally reasonable to shoot or kill a person just for being a criminal so as to bring justice and peace to our society?
Many countries have established independent panels to investigate, without fear or favour, the circumstances of any shooting involving police.
They have also established independent panels to investigate indiscipline by the police.
This Government must follow suit.
What about the white-collar criminals at Waigani who are draining the public coffers?
If we point our fingers at Kapris as the most notorious criminal, what about the guys at Waigani who walk away with thousands and millions of kina and become overnight millionaires?
Before entering Waigani, these guys were just politicians, educationists, bank tellers, teachers, lawyers, bureaucrats and managers.
But within a blink of an eye after being elected, they seem to own some of the most expensive properties in PNG and abroad and drive new vehicles while submitting questionable acquittals to cover everything up.
Tom Kulunga should think seriously before he promotes his boys who completed the hunt for Kapris and Raphael Walimini.
This is because little is being done to hunt down those responsible for the corruption that haunts the halls of Waigani.
The political effect of what has been done over the years by these white-collar criminals is serious and is felt by everyone.
Therefore, the Government and the police force must explain to the people why they think it is legally acceptable for Kapris to deserve death more than the white-collar criminals at Waigani.