Chi­huri says cops to use force

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PO­LICE will not hes­i­tate to use “force on rogue” el­e­ments bent on dis­turb­ing peace and tran­quil­lity in the coun­try, Com­mis­sion­erGen­eral Dr Au­gus­tine Chi­huri said yes­ter­day.

He said those who wanted to cause dis­or­der in the coun­try should not cry foul and la­bel the force as “bru­tal” when they en­force peace.

“Safe­guard the peace we have be­cause when lost, it’s dif­fi­cult to re­gain. I ap­peal to Zim­bab­weans to take note of this, to look at what they are do­ing, whether they’re con­tribut­ing to peace or they’re un­der­min­ing it. When that hap­pens we show up. What we do is we will force you be­cause we know and un­der­stand what it means (to safe­guard peace).

“We will force you to re­spect peace and or­der­li­ness. Peo­ple must not com­plain and say po­lice are bru­tal. We’re not bru­tal, we’re there to en­sure that peace pre­vails all the time. If you want to cause dis­or­der, blame your­self,” said Dr Chi­huri while ad­dress­ing se­nior of­fi­cers in Harare.

He said there were some groups and in­di­vid­u­als he la­belled as “loud­mouths” who used the so­cial me­dia to dis­turb peace and en­cour­age dis­or­der in the coun­try.

Oth­ers, Dr Chi­huri said, de­cided to go to the di­as­pora but con­tin­ued to med­dle with the in­ter­nal af­fairs of the coun­try.

“Chal­lenges come and go. There is hardly a na­tion with­out any chal­lenges. If the sit­u­a­tion was greener in the di­as­pora, peo­ple there wouldn’t be com­plain­ing. They are com­plain­ing be­cause the sit­u­a­tion is tough there too.

“They’re not here at home. So if the di­as­pora is so com­fort­able, so why? Why are you com­plain­ing about what’s hap­pen­ing here? It’s a clear in­di­ca­tion that the sit­u­a­tion is tough there too,” he said.

Dr Chi­huri added: “We know what is hap­pen­ing there. They work more than three jobs and so they went into vol­un­tary slav­ery and they want to for­get that peace is nec­es­sary.

“Let them come back and en­joy the peace so that we can work to­gether to build our own coun­try rather than com­plain­ing and be­com­ing agents of vi­o­lence.”

He said toyi-toy­ing along the streets would not put bread on the ta­ble.

Last week, scores of peo­ple were in­jured, while prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars — in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles — was dam­aged when shad­owy groups, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and MDC-T sup­port­ers ran amok dur­ing demon­stra­tions against the pro­posed in­tro­duc­tion of bond notes and un­em­ploy­ment in Harare.

United States Am­bas­sador to Zim­babwe, Mr Harry Thomas Jr and his French coun­ter­part, Am­bas­sador Lau­rent De­la­housse, were accused of hav­ing a hand in last month’s dis­tur­bances in Harare and Bulawayo.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Dr Au­gus­tine Chi­huri

Xolisani Nkala

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