Top cops in Ethiopia

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Crime Re­porter

A NUM­BER of Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice se­nior of­fi­cers are in Ethiopia for an African Union (AU) con­fer­ence that is de­lib­er­at­ing on the role of the Standby Force and is­sues to guar­an­tee peace and se­cu­rity on the con­ti­nent.

Ear­lier this month, eight ZRP of­fi­cers left the coun­try for Malawi to take part in the Sadc Standby Force Com­mand Post Ex­er­cise.

The high-pro­file com­mand post ex­er­cise in Malawi, code-named “Ex­er­cise Umodzi”, will see all coun­tries from SADC par­tic­i­pat­ing as a re­gional bloc in pre­par­ing for their African Union standby peace­keep­ing lead du­ties, which it as­sumes be­tween Jan­uary and June next year.

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Le­vie Sibanda re­vealed this while ad­dress­ing nine of­fi­cers who re­cently re­turned from the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions in Dar­fur and 24 oth­ers who are set to leave the coun­try for South Su­dan and Abyei on a sim­i­lar mis­sion.

“All these ef­forts and many sim­i­lar ones that were suc­cess­fully un­der­taken be­fore, point to the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice’s com­mit­ment and un­bend­ing for­ti­tude to be an in­te­gral player and con­trib­u­tor to re­gional, con­ti­nen­tal and global peace,” he said.

“Zim­babwe is a peace lov­ing na­tion and our cit­i­zens en­joy their rights and free­doms with­out fear hence we also wish that our fel­low broth­ers and sis­ters from war-torn coun­tries live in peace and har­mony.

“In this re­gard dur­ing the Sec­ond United Na­tions Chiefs of Po­lice Sum­mit held in New York ear­lier this year, the Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral (God­win Matanga) ex­pressed his de­sire to the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties for the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers be­ing sec­onded to peace­keep­ing du­ties.”

Act­ing Comm-Gen Sibanda said they had in the same con­nec­tion been mak­ing ef­forts to strengthen their Formed Po­lice Unit, which he was con­fi­dent will be dis­charg­ing UN peace­keep­ing du­ties, as well as re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the AU Standby Force and Sadc Standby Force in due course.

“In the same breadth, I would also want to see an all-fe­male Formed Po­lice Unit es­tab­lished soon,” he said.

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