Po­lice de­ploy in hot spots

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Senior Reporter

THE Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice has de­ployed of­fi­cers in all res­i­den­tial ar­eas, shop­ping cen­tres and the Cen­tral Busi­ness District to con­duct pa­trols, sur­veil­lance and stop and search fol­low­ing some social me­dia ar­ti­cles ag­i­tat­ing Zim­bab­weans to en­gage in vi­o­lence and un­sanc­tioned demon­stra­tions.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Home Af­fairs and Cul­tural Her­itage Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema im­plored Zim­bab­weans to dis­re­gard the social me­dia posts.

“My min­istry as­sures all peace lov­ing cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors that the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice has de­ployed of­fi­cers in all res­i­den­tial, shop­ping cen­tres and CBD to con­duct pa­trols, sur­veil­lance, stop and search and in the process ac­count for un­ruly el­e­ments who may try to dis­turb the tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment which is pre­vail­ing in the coun­try,” he said.

“May I urge Zim­bab­weans to con­tinue un­der­tak­ing their var­i­ous social and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties as usual. Mem­bers of the pub­lic should feel free to ac­cess ser­vices from var­i­ous en­ti­ties with­out any hin­drance.”

In the same vein, said Min­is­ter Math­ema, trans­port op­er­a­tors should con­tinue to of­fer ser­vices to po­ten­tial pas­sen­gers as stip­u­lated in their Road Ser­vice Per­mits and Route Au­thor­i­ties.

He urged driv­ers to re­port any acts of in­tim­i­da­tion and in­cite­ment to com­mit vi­o­lence to the po­lice for swift ac­tion to be taken.

“My min­istry has im­plored se­cu­rity agen­cies to take ac­tion on some rogue groups who are cir­cu­lat­ing old photo-shopped videos and pic­tures of pur­ported vi­o­lence and demon­stra­tions on the pre­text that this is tak­ing place in Zim­babwe,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema.

“The Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral of Po­lice has put the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice on high alert and will en­sure that the law is ap­plied with­out fear or favour on any­one who in­cites or en­gages in any form of vi­o­lence and un­sanc­tioned gath­er­ing.”

The Zanu-PF Youth League also is­sued a stern warn­ing against op­po­si­tion el­e­ments bent on caus­ing chaos in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a Press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Youth League na­tional deputy sec­re­tary Cde Lewis Matutu said: “We will not al­low the op­po­si­tion to push us into a cor­ner, we know they have promised to de­stroy cars and in­fra­struc­ture, so we say to them this is not go­ing to help any­one, it is ei­ther them or us, no one is go­ing to be helped by demon­stra­tions.

“This is not a church, ob­vi­ously we will not sit down and watch them de­stroy us, caus­ing an­ar­chy and vi­o­lence in Zim­babwe. That is not go­ing to hap­pen.”

Cde Matutu said peo­ple should not be mis­led by the op­po­si­tion.

“So, those peo­ple who are go­ing to be very un­for­tu­nate to be mis­led we would like to say to them at the end of the day af­ter you would have been abused and used to cause vi­o­lence in town, at the end of the day you will go back to your homes,” he said.

“These demon­stra­tions are not go­ing to pro­vide these ba­sic com­modi­ties to you. Our ap­peal is not to the MDC, but to the gen­eral pub­lic as they are the ones who my then be caught un­aware of the con­se­quences, so we say to them do not be mis­led or abused.”

— Pic­ture by Ed­ward Zvem­isha

ZANU-PF Na­tional Deputy Youth League Sec­re­tary Cde Lewis Matutu (cen­tre), flanked by Youth League na­tional sec­re­tary for fi­nance Cde Getrude Mu­tandi (left) and Cde God­frey Tse­nengamu, speaks dur­ing the Youth League Press brief­ing on fuel prices and the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion at the ZANU-PF Head­quar­ters in Harare yes­ter­day.

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