Pres­i­dent blasts cor­rupt traf­fic cops

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bu­reau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day cas­ti­gated cor­rupt traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers who are ex­tort­ing money from mo­torists, say­ing such con­duct is “evil” and should stop forth­with.

The re­marks from the Head of State and Govern­ment and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces res­onate with a pub­lic out­cry over re­ports of po­lice mis­con­duct and the mount­ing of nu­mer­ous road­blocks.

In com­ments that at­tracted huge cheers from the thou­sands of peo­ple at the dou­ble-burial of na­tional he­roes Cdes Maud Muzenda and Ge­orge Ru­tan­hire at the Na­tional He­roes Acre, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said the po­lice should re­main a peo­ple’s force that was duty-bound to serve the pub­lic dili­gently.

“The po­lice force, be a po­lice force of the peo­ple; kwete kuita zvi­ito zvati­nonzwa zveku­mirira vanhu mu­mug­wagwa muchiv­ab­had­harisa. Ha­tidi kuzv­inzwa izvozvo, ha­tidi kuzv­inzwa izvozvo saka stop that evil,” said the Pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ad­vised the po­lice to come up with le­git­i­mate ways of mak­ing money, while also de­nounc­ing of­fi­cers who own fleets of com­muter om­nibuses.

“Kana muchida kupi­hwa minda tinoku­pai murime. Kana muchi­dawo kuita mabusi­ness akanaka itai mabusi­ness akanaka. Why not?” said the Pres­i­dent.

“If you are po­lice­men and can com­bine and run a bus fleet — panzvimbo pokuenda kuseri muchi­noita zvima com­muter (om­nibus), izvi zvimwe zva­cho zviriku­u­raya vanhu. Zvino kana chi com­muter chemupurisa chau­raya vanhu zvino un­oti basa racho re­hupurisa un­oitirei? Aiwa. Com­bine, com­bine, com­bine mubude pachena. Tinoku­pai chance yekuti muite a bus com­pany yenyu.

“You buy two or three buses, com­bine. It can be run not just by your­selves, munotsva­gawo vamwe vanoita madriver kana vana venyu. That’s more dig­ni­fied. Kwete zvekuh­wandira mari dze­vanhu izvi.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also warned the se­cu­rity ser­vices to de­sist from mis­con­duct.

“Zvirikowo kwana (Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der Con­stantino) Chi­wenga ukuwo, please clean your own dirt, ehe iriko ikoko futi,” he said.

“But yandiri ku­taura iyi ndoirikuchemwa nayo nevanhu zvakanyanya. Aiwa ndin­ga­funga kuti yasvika nguva yekuti tichichengeta hama dzedu.”

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe pays last re­spects to late na­tional he­roes Cdes Maud Muzenda and Ge­orge Ru­tan­hire at Sto­dart Hall in Harare yes­ter­day. See more sto­ries on Page 2

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