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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Tues­day, July 30, 1991 — The Deputy Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs, Cde Du­miso Dabengwa, has re­it­er­ated that po­lice­men should ad­here to pro­fes­sional ethics in ex­e­cut­ing their du­ties, say­ing the days when they un­ques­tion­ingly re­ceived or­ders from politi­cians were gone.

Open­ing a four-day in­struc­tors’ train­ing sem­i­nar in Bulawayo yes­ter­day, the deputy min­is­ter said some of­fi­cers still ar­rested peo­ple be­cause some politi­cians told them to, even if there was no valid rea­son for ar­rests. He said the po­lice should be guided by the law and their pro­fes­sional ethics only. “Politi­cians are not the law, they only draft the law, but it is not their duty to tell you how to en­force it. In our new demo­cratic Zim­babwe — there is no room for a po­lice­man who takes his or­ders from a politi­cian, oth­er­wise the force will lose all cred­i­bil­ity in the eyes of the pub­lic,’’ he said.

Cde Dabengwa said his min­istry lost a lot of money as a re­sult of law­suits for wrong­ful ar­rest. He said this hap­pened be­cause some po­lice­men were not pro­fes­sional in car­ry­ing out their du­ties. He said the suits were a great em­bar­rass­ment to his min­istry and also made the pub­lic lose faith in the po­lice force.

The deputy min­is­ter said noth­ing de­terred crimes more than ef­fi­ciency and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

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