zrp.jpgZimbabwe Republic Police Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga says the forthcoming referendum and general elections call for police officers to fully equip themselves to ensure peace and tranquility prevails before, during and after the processes.

Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, who was addressing officers at a belated end of year party for the Border Control and Minerals Unit in Harare, said officers must show patriotism and defend the country’s sovereignty.

He said the force will undertake training programmes in public order management to equip police officers with relevant skills to properly manage relevant situations.

He added that Zimbabweans must be aware of motives of the country’s detractors who masquerade as masters of democracy and rule of law yet they have ulterior motives.

“It is quite apparent that our detractors are going to naively look for trivial incidents to use as launch pads for discrediting our elections, especially if the results are not favorable to their regime change agenda,” DCG Matanga said.

The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe reiterated that the country will go for elections this year with or without the new constitution.