More Beit­bridge cops trans­ferred from bor­der town

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice has trans­ferred more cops from Beit­bridge District with those in the Po­lice Pro­tec­tion Unit and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment be­com­ing the lat­est vic­tims.

There was mas­sive re­de­ploy­ment of po­lice in Beit­bridge District last week.

There are in­di­ca­tions 500 po­lice of­fi­cers were trans­ferred.

Ini­tially when re­de­ploy­ments were ef­fected, the PPU and CID Law and Or­der sec­tion were a the spared. How­ever, there was a change of mind at the Po­lice Gen­eral Head­quar­ters’ hu­man re­source de­part­ment. Sources within the ZRP yes­ter­day said those in PPU and CID Law and Or­der were or­dered to re­port for duty to­day at their new po­lice sta­tions. The re­de­ploy­ment of po­lice from Beit­bridge fol­lowed demon­stra­tions that left prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars de­stroyed af­ter cross bor­der traders ri­oted against Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 re­strict­ing im­por­ta­tion of some goods on July 1. The po­lice are ac­cused of fail­ing to han­dle the il­le­gal demon­stra­tions.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Kembo Mo­hadi said the po­lice failed to re­act on time even though they had in­for­ma­tion on the planned demo.

The force has an es­ti­mated staff com­ple­ment of close to 500 of­fi­cers in the district.

Po­lice chief na­tional spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba re­cently dis­missed al­le­ga­tions that the po­lice of­fi­cers had been re­de­ployed for their poor han­dling of the July demon­stra­tions.

“This is a Gov­ern­ment pro­gramme, where all de­part­ments were di­rected to re­de­ploy ev­ery­one from Beit­bridge to other dis­tricts. The di­rec­tive does not ap­ply to the po­lice alone.

“As po­lice, we are the first to take up the ini­tia­tive. This has noth­ing to do with poor per­for­mance and all these sin­is­ter re­ports we are get­ting,” she said.

Min­is­ter Kembo Mo­hadi

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