‘Po­lice on top of sit­u­a­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Min­istry of Home Af­fairs has said the coun­try re­mains at peace, with po­lice in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion.

The Deputy Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs Cde Obe­d­ingwa Mguni told leg­is­la­tors in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day that the po­lice have the in­tel­li­gence that will en­able them to weed out trou­ble causers.

Cde Mn­guni was re­spond­ing to ques­tions posed by leg­is­la­tors who wanted to know whether the coun­try was safe in light of vi­o­lent protests that saw a po­lice base, a po­lice ve­hi­cle and a ZBC truck be­ing set alight while goods were looted from shops in Harare by sus­pected MDC-T sup­port­ers.

He as­sured law mak­ers that Zim­bab­weans have noth­ing to worry about as po­lice were work­ing to rid so­ci­ety of rowdy el­e­ments. “So, I am as­sur­ing ci­ti­zens that we have to de­fend lives, prop­erty and other things. Our po­lice are there to do so and not only to de­fend anti-de­mon­stra­tors but also the de­mon­stra­tors who are in dan­ger be­cause there are some peo­ple who are an­noyed by their demon­stra­tions. Our duty there­fore is to de­fend ev­ery­body in the coun­try,” the Dep Min said.

Cde Mguni said the coun­try’s po­lice has a strong rep­u­ta­tion of stop­ping vi­o­lence earn­ing them trust with in­ter­na­tional peace keep­ing in­sti­tu­tions such as the United Na­tions. “Yes, we are very safe in Zim­babwe. We have got a very strong Act to en­sure there is peace and sta­bil­ity within our coun­try. We also have a much dis­ci­plined po­lice force. Ac­tu­ally, when we send our po­lice to the United Na­tions, they en­joy ap­point­ing them as lead­ers in coun­tries like Su­dan, Al­ge­ria and other coun­tries that are full of vi­o­lence. They like our po­lice be­cause they are well trained to curb vi­o­lence,” he said.

Cde Mguni said po­lice in­tel­li­gence is also gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on vi­o­lent pro­tes­tors in the hope of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing some of the trou­ble causers. “We have a very strong in­tel­li­gence sec­tion that is gath­er­ing all the data that you are con­cerned about. We are now ad­vanced be­cause some peo­ple need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. We are not only ar­rest­ing peo­ple but we have gone a step fur­ther and now go out to visit such peo­ple and re­ha­bil­i­tate them so that they fit well into so­ci­ety. We do not want peo­ple who en­dan­ger other peo­ple’s lives,” he said.

Cde Mguni said it was law­ful for po­lice to de­fend them­selves when be­ing at­tacked as part of their train­ing com­pels them to do de­fen­sive ex­er­cises. — @nqot­shili

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