Chi­huri warns vi­o­lence spon­sors

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THE Zim­babwe Repub­lic Police yesterday re­it­er­ated that it will de­ci­sively deal with un­ruly el­e­ments who spon­sor vi­o­lence and cause dis­tur­bances in the coun­try through il­le­gal demon­stra­tions.

Police Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Dr Au­gus­tine Chi­huri said vi­o­lence led to un­told suf­fer­ing and could re­sult in loss of life and prop­erty.

He said this in a speech read on his be­half by Deputy Comm-Gen (hu­man re­sources) Le­vie Sibanda while ad­dress­ing nine of­fi­cers who are set to leave the coun­try for a United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Dar­fur.

One fe­male of­fi­cer re­turned from a sim­i­lar mis­sion in Liberia.

Dr Chi­huri said it was im­por­tant to un­der­stand that peace­keep­ing was a di­vine man­date close to the heart of God.

“It is in this re­gard that the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Police will con­tinue to join hands with the United Na­tions Depart­ment of Peace­keep­ing Op­er­a­tions to bring peace and har­mony to con­flict torn States across the globe.

“It has been proven time and time again that war and vi­o­lence can never be the mid­wives to peace. Rather, vi­o­lence begets vi­o­lence, dis­or­der re­tards de­vel­op­ment and de­forms the con­tent of char­ac­ter and well­be­ing of a peo­ple,” he said.

He said se­nior of­fi­cers had heard from the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and other col­leagues who came be­fore her about the tragic and teary sto­ries of un­for­tu­nate peo­ple caught up in the rav­ages and af­ter­math of war.

Dr Chi­huri said the most painful part was that there were peo­ple who, in the com­fort of their homes, spon­sor, en­gi­neer, ma­nip­u­late and re­mote-con­trol per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence.

He said the mis­guided per­pe­tra­tors who acted at the be­hest and in­sti­ga­tion of their spon­sors took their own peo­ple as spoils by un­leash­ing wanton vi­o­lence, loot­ing and may­hem.

Dr Chi­huri urged Zim­bab­weans to take heed of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s call to up­hold peace for na­tional co­he­sion and unim­peded so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Vi­o­lence is a spi­ral that spins a desta­bil­is­ing spi­der’s web with un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing for the peo­ple and un­war­ranted loss of life, limb and prop­erty. The hypocrisy is in that the spon­sors would not dare to at­tempt the de­struc­tive mis­chief and machi­na­tions in their home coun­tries,” he said.

“This is why all those given to fo­ment­ing vi­o­lence need to be de­ci­sively dealt with. It is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able that a few mal­con­tents can be al­lowed to plun­der the peace and com­fort of the ma­jor­ity on the al­tar of self­ish and mis­guided crim­i­nal frolic,” he said.

Dr Chi­huri said the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty was at the heart of the con­sti­tu­tional man­date of the ZRP.

rolling stock and wag­ons. Con­cern has been raised over the ef­fect of bulk move­ment of goods on the coun­try’s roads, which have gone be­yond their life­span ow­ing to fi­nan­cial chal­lenges. The com­mit­tee also noted that staff ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion was an­other key in­gre­di­ent in the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of NRZ fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that it had more peo­ple oc­cu­py­ing man­age­ment po­si­tions than nec­es­sary. There are at least 300 man­agers, with the bulk of them be­ing hu­man re­sources man­agers out of a staff com­ple­ment of around 5 600 work­ers. “There is need to re­struc­ture the man­power and man­age­ment. There is no need to have such a high num­ber of hu­man re­source man­agers for such an en­tity. This is one key area that needs to be ad­dressed,” he said. The Gov­ern­ment re­cently ap­pointed a board to over­see the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of NRZ, which has been reg­is­ter­ing an­nua l losses over the years.

Cde Dex­ter Nduna

VP Phelekezela Mphoko

Police Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Dr Au­gus­tine Chi­huri

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