Se­cu­rity ser­vices launch blitz on vi­o­lent crime, cor­rup­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Min­is­ter Kazembe

SE­CU­RITY ser­vices are re­dou­bling ef­forts to fight vi­o­lent crime and cor­rup­tion and want the pub­lic to help by re­port­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

Home Af­fairs and Cul­tural Her­itage Min­is­ter Kazembe Kazembe yes­ter­day said vi­o­lent crime, cor­rup­tion and the abuse of so­cial and other me­dia, and the re­sult­ing up­surge in fake news re­ports re­mained high on the law en­force­ment agenda.

In his state­ment, Min­is­ter Kazembe urged cit­i­zens to be on the guard against crim­i­nals and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour wher­ever it man­i­fested.

“With re­gards to vi­o­lent crime, the se­cu­rity ser­vices have gone a gear up to sharpen the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, trac­ing, ap­pre­hend­ing and pre­sent­ing for pros­e­cu­tion of all sus­pects im­pli­cated in vi­o­lent crime in the coun­try,”he said.

This comes af­ter a se­ries of in­ci­dents in re­cent weeks where po­lice ex­changed gun­fire with crim­i­nals with sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel, dy­ing in gun bat­tles.

Last month in Chivhu, two sus­pected crim­i­nals killed a sol­dier and fled with two AK- 47 ri­fles while sol­diers were also badly in­jured in a shoot-out with the thugs. But af­ter a smart op­er­a­tion mounted by the se­cu­rity forces, the two sus­pects were tracked down and killed a day af­ter killing the sol­dier.

This week, an armed gang at­tacked the Mt Pleas­ant home of Lieu­tenant- Gen­eral (Re­tired) En­gel­bert Rugeje where a sus­pected crim­i­nal was killed.

On Thurs­day, an­other sus­pected crim­i­nal was killed by po­lice in a gun­fight af­ter he had been holed up with hostages in a stand-off that lasted 14 hours in Beit­bridge. The sus­pect was on the po­lice wanted list in con­nec­tion with sev­eral armed rob­beries.

On cor­rup­tion, Min­is­ter Kazembe said cit­i­zens must play an ac­tive role in re­port­ing cases and help in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and lo­ca­tion of sus­pects.

“Cor­rup­tion re­mains a cancer that gnaws slowly against our thrust as a na­tion to­wards the Vi­sion 2030 tra­jec­tory set out by His Ex­cel­lency, Pres­i­dent ED Mnan­gagwa. The law en­force­ment agen­cies are re­bound­ing their ef­forts to tackle the scourge, work­ing in con­cert with the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and the Spe­cial Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit in the Office of the Pres­i­dent and Cab­i­net.”

Min­is­ter Kazembe said au­thor­i­ties were also seized with se­cur­ing the re­turn of fugi­tives from jus­tice that were scat­tered in var­i­ous parts of the globe.

Zim­babwe was renowned for its fair jus­tice sys­tem which meant the courts would clear in­no­cent sus­pects and con­vict the guilty.

“As law en­force­ment agen­cies, our role is to bring sus­pects to jus­tice, then the nor­mal pro­ce­dures take ef­fect. We urge the sus­pects to do them­selves a favour by vol­un­tar­ily re­turn­ing to clear their names if they are in­no­cent.”

“The abuse of so­cial me­dia and the scourge of fake re­portage, which are often mo­ti­vated by sub­ver­sive in­ten­tions, will re­main closely mon­i­tored to pro­tect peace and sta­bil­ity in the coun­try. They are try­ing to sub­vert our eco­nomic re­vival ef­forts, ”said Min­is­ter Kazembe.

He said peace and sta­bil­ity were needed in the coun­try’s quest to at­tain an up­per mid­dle in­come society by 2030.

“The peace and sta­bil­ity in Zim­babwe is what guar­an­tees and se­cures the path to the at­tain­ment of Vi­sion 2030, which we must all rally be­hind.”

“I call upon all peace-lov­ing cit­i­zens to play their part in this jour­ney and help fight vi­o­lent crime, cor­rup­tion and sub­ver­sion spear­headed by mal­con­tents whose only mis­sion is to try to grab power un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally and vi­o­lently for their own per­sonal greed pur­poses and against the dic­tates of our democracy and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism.”

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