augustine chihuri 22-05-11.jpgPolice Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has criticised the private media for acting as mouthpieces of some political elements through propaganda aimed at discrediting the image of law enforcement agents.

CG Chihuri was addressing a police pass out parade at Morris Depot in Harare.

He said it is disappointing to note that while the Zimbabwe Republic Police is striving to uphold citizens’ rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the laws of the land, there are elements which are using the private media to project the force in bad light.

“Sadly when police officers are brutally murdered by the same people who are accusing ZRP of abusing human rights, there is deafening silence by their mouthpiece, the private media which ironically seem to suddenly get its voice when the perpetrators of such gruesome murders are lawfully arrested and detained,” he said.

473 police officers comprising 346 males and 127 females graduated after a six-month competency-based recruit training programme.

The ceremony was characterised by impressive performances by the police band mixed with drills and marches that captivated those who witnessed the event.