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.