Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of other men. – George Bernard Shaw
I’m still shaken. I was a witness to the shootout between gunmen and policemen in Outering and Buruburu.
I saw the lady who was caught in the line of fire lying on the ground bleeding from her chest. She died.
I saw the two gangsters lying, dying on Kang’undo Road, one was twitching. He was shot again.
The police officer who was shot and died was a personal friend to me and I feel his loss deeply. I had shared a beer with him on several occasions and he had told me of his future plans, plans that have now been shattered by a shot to the head from someone I’m told was known to him.
I drove past Prudential estate while the firefight with the last gunman took place. My driving the rest of that day was erratic. I couldn’t focus.
I later came to hear that this gunman, the very one who had allegedly shot and killed a policeman while injuring two others, called media houses and even went live on a radio station begging to have his life spared and offering to surrender in the presence of media and human rights groups, he didn’t get that option, a Swat team took him out in under three minutes.
My question is: When is execution justified, if ever? This man had just murdered an officer, so was his execution then inevitable? If indeed he had offered to surrender and confess his crimes, should his life have been spared?