Letter to the Editor

What is the objective of clean-ups

Dear editor,
I FULLY commend the efforts of the countrywide clean-up operations being carried out by the Ministry of Home Affairs to emphasise positive aspects of their fight against crime.
I commend the strong links with peace-loving members of the public in Chaisa and Emmasdale townships.
But I wonder if a clean-up operation really serves as the appropriate platform to do so.
Compare Chaisa of Lusaka with Eastleigh, a suburb in Nairobi, Kenya.
Predominantly inhabited by Somali immigrants it has been described as ‘Little Mogadishu’, as well as ‘A country within a country with its own economy’ on account of its robust business sector.
Undoubtedly, Somali immigrants are grounded in either legal or illegal objectivity.
However, what benchmarks, if any, can be found to objectively measure what lies in the recent Ministry of Home Affairs clean-up operations?
Since 2012, the Eastleigh neighbourhood in Nairobi has experienced a number of terrorist attacks linked to the Al-Shabaab militant group, which were launched in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s deployment of troops in southern Somalia against the insurgents.
In a similar manner, a less subjective affirmation of our Ministry of Home Affairs clean-up operations against illegal immigrants would command wider publicity and greater respect.

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