Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has commended the generality of Zimbabweans for taking heed of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to uphold peaceful campaigns and create a conducive environment ahead of the forthcoming harmonised elections set for the 30th of July.

As the nation braces for harmonised elections, the police held a media conference in Harare where it commended all political parties and their supporters for observing peace and the rule of law in line with President Mnangagwa’s call for free and fair elections.

“Generally, peace is prevailing throughout the country. In this regard i would like to commend the generality of Zimbabweans for taking the call for peace by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa,” said ZRP Commander 2018 harmonised elections committee Senior Assistant Commissioner Erasmus Makodza.

The ZRP is, however, disturbed by reports of defacing, tearing of rival’s posters and removal of posters from trees as well as posting of photo shopped videos of purported violence on social media which Senior Assistant Commissioner Makodza described as a serious offence.

“Members of the public and all political parties are being reminded that according to section 152 (1) of the Electoral Act chapter 2:13, from the date of which an election is called until its result is declared, no person shall deface or remove any billboard, placard or poster displayed by a political party or candidate contesting election, as anyone who does so shall be guilt of an offence and liable to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding two years,” warns Senior Assistant Commissioner Makodza.

While acknowledging the existence of some intra-party skirmishes which it described as minimal, the law enforcement agents dismissed reports by MDC Alliance that government has deployed soldiers to intimidate people countrywide.

Asked about the White City Stadium Bulawayo blast, the police urged people to remain calm as investigations are continuing to bring the perpetrators to book.