“These are barbaric acts. These mass killings show there are people who have totally lost their souls, so it is important for the communities to rise to the occasion, mobilise ourselves, patrol our areas and make sure we work with the police to defeat this enemy,” he said.
Kaunda also called for community crime-fighting structures to be strengthened by ensuring they are equipped to combat the scourge of mass killings, including enlisting more metro police officials.
He said quick work by the police and the community's co-operation were key in ensuring the swift arrests.
“Fighting crime is a societal responsibility. It’s not the responsibility of the police alone. We are happy there are three people who have been apprehended by the police overnight and we’re hoping for more arrests,” he said.
Kaunda called for the establishment of street committees in every street as he emphasised the need for community involvement to ensure people's safety.
“We will work hard to close the ranks to ensure we establish street committees which will work hard to make sure we prevent some of these incidents. Once you take control of your streets, you know the cars that belong in a street. That makes it easier to report to the police whenever there are vehicles that look suspicious.”