14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: 123 Cops Arrested in Anti-Graft Drive

ONE hundred and twenty-three police officers have been arrested countrywide since January this year for corruption as the force maintains zero tolerance on the vice. Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri yesterday said the force did not condone corruption.

He said of the 123 arrested since January, 32 have since been discharged from the force while the other cases were pending.

"Zimbabwe Republic Police utterly condemns any form of corruption and shall continue to invoke the wrath of the law to completely destroy this cancerous social scourge.

"Let me remind officers and members of the force that we have zero tolerance to corruption," Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

He was speaking at a pass-out parade for 210 cops in Harare yesterday.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said any officer caught in corrupt activities would be severely punished.

He said all police stations should have boards explaining how the public should report corruption.

He urged the public not to offer bribes to officers.

"All police officers should bear in mind that the general public deserve a full measure of police service from them," Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

He said the force had not been spared by the illegal sanctions imposed by Britain and its allies to counter the land reform programme.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said the force was operating with limited resources as a result of meagre allocations from Treasury.

"We are operating in the red, almost nearing to closing shop," he said.

The police chief said the force was recruiting to close the wide gap of the police-public ratio.

"It is quite disturbing to note that there are some misguided elements among us who do not appreciate the critical role of the police.

"Instead of complementing our efforts as we discharge our constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order they despise us and have the audacity to call for the stoppage of recruitment of police officers," said Comm-Gen Chihuri.

He urged citizens to shun violence during the forthcoming referendum and the general elections scheduled for early next year.

The recruits underwent a six-month training course.

They covered subjects such as the History of the Liberation of Zimbabwe, Police Duties and Investigations, Domestic Violence Act, Human Rights and Policing, Public Order Management, and Weapon Handling among others.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said the inclusion of Human Rights as a subject demonstrated the force's commitment to observing human rights.

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