Mas­sive crack­down on Beit­bridge cor­rup­tion, in­com­pe­tence 100S OF COPS TRANS­FERRED

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THE Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) has re-de­ployed close to 500 of­fi­cers from Beit­bridge dis­trict to other sta­tions out­side Mata­bele­land South prov­ince fol­low­ing a Gov­ern­ment di­rec­tive.

Only a hand­ful of of­fi­cers from the Po­lice Pro­tec­tion Unit and Law and Or­der sec­tions were spared in the mas­sive reshuf­fle.

Other Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in the bor­der town, na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said yes­ter­day, are also set to be af­fected by the di­rec­tive.

The mas­sive re­de­ploy­ment of the po­lice of­fi­cers comes just a few weeks af­ter an an­gry mob torched a Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity ware­house dur­ing vi­o­lent protests that rocked the bor­der town over the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 of 2016.

SI 64 of 2016 re­moved the im­por­ta­tion of listed goods, mostly ba­sic com­modi­ties, fur­ni­ture and build­ing ma­te­rial un­der the open gen­eral im­port li­cence.

Sources yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle that the trans­fers were linked to ram­pant cor­rup­tion and the man­ner in which po­lice han­dled the vi­o­lent protests in the bor­der town in July.

State Security Min­is­ter Kembo Mo­hadi, at the time of the protests, blasted the po­lice for fail­ing to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion on time de­spite hav­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion which they could have used to pre­vent the vi­o­lent protests.

“The po­lice should have con­tained the sit­u­a­tion on time. They had vi­tal in­for­ma­tion which they could have used to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing. This is wrong; we can’t ac­cept that,” he said then.

Yes­ter­day, Se­nior Asst Comm Charamba said there was noth­ing un­usual about the trans­fers, de­scrib­ing them as a rou­tine ex­er­cise.

“This was a Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to move ev­ery­one from Beit­bridge. It’s not only the po­lice who have been moved, I un­der­stand other Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will be af­fected as well and there is noth­ing un­usual about that,” she said.

“It’s a rou­tine ex­er­cise to move peo­ple from one sta­tion or sec­tion to another. There is ab­so­lutely no scan­dal. How can the whole dis­trict com­mit a scan­dal?”

The only se­nior of­fi­cer who was not af­fected by the trans­fers is As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ali Hondo.

The Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Beit­bridge Dis­trict, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Pa­trick Ma­juta, will swap posts with Chief Supt Martin Makusha, the for­mer Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Gweru Dis­trict.

Ex­plain­ing why Asst Comm Hondo was left out of the trans­fers, Snr Asst Comm Charamba said: “We didn’t de­ploy one se­nior of­fi­cer and we can­not tell you why we didn’t trans­fer him be­cause it’s up to us to de­cide”.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­nal ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the ZRP com­mis­sioner (hu­man re­sources) un­der RDO JC 345/16 DD16/08/16, the trans­fers are with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The cops were trans­ferred to var­i­ous parts of the coun­try out­side Mata­bele­land South and re­placed by those from other prov­inces.— @mash­nets.

A Zimra ware­house in Beit­bridge burns af­ter a mob torched it in protest against im­port re­stric­tions

Se­nior Asst Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba

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