Alex Mwange, a BBC listener, suggests that African countries outsource responsibility for security in the area to private firms. These firms have been used in Africa before. In Sierra Leone,the government hired a private security company to help it during the civil conflict. But as this paper shows it hasn’t been without its problems.
Alex suggests this debate take place on our sister program Africa Have Your Say and you can follow that debate on the BBC website.
He uses the example of the DRC saying that President Joseph Kabila has been in power for six years now and the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the largest UN peace keeping missions in the world. Yet residents in the east of the country are still being raped, maimed, robbed and killed by various militia. So he suggests private companies to do what the state and UN peace keeping missions can’t do.
This was the reaction Buya in Monrovia, he says:
“I think the security of a state must be the responsibility of the Government of that State…”
But if the state can’t provide the proper security for its people (in Africa or anywhere else in the world),is it ok for a country to hire a private company to do that job?Would you want your country to outsource its security operations?