POLICE Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga says officers are patrolling to ensure that criminals who have been shooting people are brought to book.

Last Saturday, armed assassins broke into Lusaka businessman Goodwell Mulubwa’s house along Twin Palm in Kabulonga where they shot him several times before leaving him battling for his life. And on October 22, a Burundian businessman was killed by unidentified people in Lusaka’s 10 Miles area.

In an interview, Hamoonga appealed to members of the public who may have information on the criminals to report to the nearest police station.

“At the moment, you are aware that we are investigating those cases. These are matters that are before the police and the police are on the ground investigating. What is constraining us to comment further is that in such serious matters, that may jeopardise investigations. However, we want to reassure the public that we are doing everything possible within our legal means to ensure that such criminals are brought to book,” Hamoonga said.

“We want to further appeal to the members of the public that if they have any information of the criminals to report to the nearest police station. We the police are still investigating, we have not dropped our guard and we are still on. We are patrolling but we earnestly appeal to members of the public that may have information to please report to the nearest police station.”

Meanwhile, Hamoonga said any person found in possession of an illegal firearm would be prosecuted as the amnesty period for firearms came to an end on October 31.

“You remember very well that we just had an amnesty which was extended up to yesterday. We requested any member of the public that would be illegally holding a firearm to surrender it to the police station at a fee of K1,000. Right now the amnesty has come to an end. So if at all anybody knows any person that could be holding an illegal firearm [they should] report to the nearest police station and such a person will be prosecuted,” said Hamoonga.