The Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the Zimbabwe Republic Police have issued a joint press statement, urging the nation to remain united and to respect the laws of the country.

In a statement issued at the Police General Headquarters this morning, the two security services said normalcy had returned to the country following the inauguration of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, on the 24th of November 2017.

Colonel Everson Mugwisi represented the ZDF while Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba represented the ZRP at the press briefing.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba revealed that they shall be joint patrols by the army and the police, especially in the Harare central business district, adding that the ZRP had resumed its normal duties following the inauguration of a new government and the return to normalcy following the ZDF’s Operation Restore Legacy.

“We wish, therefore, to advise the nation that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is now assuming its role as stipulated in the Constitution of Zimbabwe under Section 219, which among other things mandate the Zimbabwe Republic Police to maintain Law and Order, protect and secure the lives and property of the people.

“You will soon notice the ZDF and ZRP members conducting joint patrols, especially in the Harare Central Business District. We urge you all progressive Zimbabweans to respect the country’s laws and cooperate with our officers as they perform their duties,” read part of the statement.

Colonel Mugwisi urged the nation to unite, and work with the defence and security services.

“Let us respect the law and work with the police and the army,” said Colonel Mugwisi.

The ZDF and ZRP say they are aware of cases of looting and illegal occupation of other people’s properties being reported, adding that perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law.

The defence and security services said they remain guided by President Mnangagwa’s inaugural speech especially the part on unity and self discipline.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would want to assure the nation that it will strive to ensure that all its operations and programmes will be people-centred in accordance with the vision of His Excellency, the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” the statement said.

Colonel Everson Mugwisi who is the Director Public Relations (ZDF) and Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, who is the ZRP Chief Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations), both signed the press statement.