Co-Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Kembo Mohadi, says government is considering a more forceful ways of dealing with perpetrators of violence following the murder of police Inspector Petros Mutedza by suspected MDC-T hooligans.
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Speaking on the sidelines of a function to commission new police vehicles in Harare, Cde Mohadi said government will see to it that police officers are well-protected at all times in a bid to deal with escalating cases of politically motivated violence by the MDC-T.
He said government will not stand and watch while State security agents are losing their lives while discharging their duties, adding that security measures are being tightened.
â€œItâ€™s not change of policy as such, but we will make sure that every police officer carries a gun for protection. It might not be an AK …, so be warned,â€ he said.
Police say some rowdy MDC-T youths attacked the deceased police officer at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre after he and a colleague had gone to check on an illegal meeting which the MDC-T youths were holding there.
Speaking on the same occasion, Police Commissioner-General, Cde Augustine Chihuri, said the commissioned vehicles were destined for rural areas where transport problems had virtually brought police business to a standstill.
He said, â€œAs police, our vehicle fleet is grounded, this is just a drop in the ocean. Anyway, I must say for now we are targeting our stations in the rural areas,â€ he said.
Most criminal offences in rural areas have been left unattended owing to transport problems while some police details have been requesting transport from complainants thereby compromising their ethical conduct.
The police force has been facing a number of challenges owing to lack of resources caused by the failure by the Ministry of Finance to provide enough funding, while illegal sanctions imposed by the West have also wrecked havoc on the force.