ZRP dis­misses ‘vot­ing ban‘ re­ports

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

THE Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice has dis­missed re­ports in some lo­cal me­dia that mem­bers of the force were not likely to vote dur­ing next year’s elec­tions as fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect and false .

The force said lo­gis­ti­cal ar­range­ments have al­ways been made to en­able po­lice of­fi­cers to vote where they are de­ployed on duty so that they are not dis­en­fran­chised

The re­ports al­lege that ZRP had tem­po­rar­ily banned all po­lice of­fi­cers from reg­is­ter­ing to vote dur­ing the elec­tions.

It was fur­ther re­ported that the ZRP “chief of­fi­cer in charge of op­er­a­tions” - Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Dou­glas Nyakut­sikwa had re­cently in­formed all po­lice of­fi­cers through a me­moran­dum that they were not al­lowed to reg­is­ter as vot­ers un­til fur­ther no­tice.

How­ever, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi, urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to ig­nore the ar­ti­cle.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vised to ig­nore the ar­ti­cle as it is fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect and false.

“In fact, the cor­rect po­si­tion is that lo­gis­ti­cal ar­range­ments are be­ing made to en­able po­lice of­fi­cers to vote where they will be de­ployed on duty so that they are not dis­en­fran­chised.

“Let it be known that po­lice of­fi­cers will al­ways vote. Claims by Daily News that they will not do so are just wish­ful think­ing,” he said.

He urged jour­nal­ists to be pro­fes­sional when gath­er­ing news and to in­form the na­tion cor­rectly.

“May it also be known that Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Dou­glas Nyakut­sikwa is Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Po­lice, Mashona­land East Prov­ince and not the Chief Staff Of­fi­cer, Op­er­a­tions at Po­lice Gen­eral Head­quar­ters as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle.

“Jour­nal­ists are once again urged to be pro­fes­sional in sourc­ing news and cor­rectly in­form­ing the na­tion rather than ped­dling false­hoods, which cause alarm and de­spon­dency,” Chief Supt Ny­athi said.

He said the ZRP as­sures the na­tion that it re­mains guided by pro­vi­sions of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion in the main­te­nance of law and or­der.

Chief Supt Ny­athi

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