inspector james sabau.jpgThe Zimbabwe Republic Police has refuted statements by the Harare City Council that the city fathers were working under instruction from the police when they slashed maize crop in Kuwadzana.

Following the uproar that was generated by the slashing of the maize crop in Kuwadzana by council, the city fathers tried to pass on the blame to the ZRP suggesting their actions were instructions from the police.

However, Police spokesperson for Harare province, Inspector James Sabau poured called water on the allegation saying the police are capable of executing their mandate without asking for assistance from council or any other body.

Inspector Sabau said that at no time did they issue such an instruction.

He advised the Harare City Council to own up to their actions and desist from passing the blame to the police.

“As police we never issued such instructions to anyone and we don’t ask for assistance from council, we don’t operate that way,” Inspector Sabau said.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police have arrested 17 council workers for causing malicious damage to property after they allegedly slashed maize fields belonging to Kuwadzana residents.

Inspector Sabau said the suspects who are in police custody are assisting the police with investigation and will be brought before the courts soon.