Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been urged to ensure there is a conducive environment during the forthcoming harmonised elections and to uphold professional standards in the execution of their constitutional duties.
Speaking at a meeting held with senior police officers and senior management of the ZRP in Harare today, Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Dr Obert Mpofu urged members of the police to compliment government efforts in ensuring that the forthcoming elections set for later this year are free from violence.
“The President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has pronounced himself abundantly clear on the subject. Our elections should be held in a peaceful environment. To this end we expect that you strictly uphold the law as provided in the constitution,” he said.
Following pockets of violence reported in some parts of the country, the Commissioner General of Police Cde Godwin Matanga said they have come up with measures that will make politically motivated violence a thing of the past and that the implementation of law to such perpetrators shall be done without fear of favour.
“We are equally mindful of the negative effect of violence on the credibility of the forthcoming national plebiscite. To this end, the Zimbabwe Republic Police shall heighten intelligence-led policing mechanisms as well as police visibility in order to ensure that before, during and after elections remains peaceful and violence free,” said Commissioner Matanga.
Minister Mpofu advised the police to exercise maximum restraint when dealing with members of the public.
This follows last week’s fatal shooting of two innocent people in the capital.
“May i therefore urge all of you to draw life lessons from that regrettable incident. When you engage with the public bear in mind the legal doctrine that says, ‘it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent person suffer’. Let’s work towards upholding our integrity,” added Minister Mpofu.
The minister also said there shall be zero tolerance to corruption as it is a threat to economic development.
Perpetrators of corruption shall face the full wrath of the law following the on-going establishment of special ant-graft courts around the country.