The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sekeramayi Warns Violence Perpetrators

Security forces will be on full alert during the forthcoming constitutional referendum and harmonised elections to thwart saboteurs, Minister of State for Security Sydney Sekeramayi has said. In an interview in Marondera last week, the minister said that those who cause political violence would be dealtwith accordingly.

"Security has always been the priority of Government because if the situation is insecure, there is bound to be chaos," said Minister Sekeramayi.

"The public is assured that the army, police and intelligence services will be extremely vigilant and co-ordinating their activities before and during the elections to detect any trouble makers."

Minister Sekeramayi said that as the country prepares for the elections, there were people bent on breaching security.

He said their motive would be to give an impression to Zimbabwe's distracters that the environment is not conducive for free and fair elections.

"The peace-loving public should be assured that all the security sectors will be on full alert and are doing their best that the election period will be a picnic," said Minister Sekeramayi.

He said people would cast their votes peacefully and then go about their other business without hustles.

Minister Sekeramayi expressed confidence in Zimbabwe's security personnel for their professionalism.

"The role of the security sector is to defend Zimbabwe's sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and national interests," he said.

"I would also want to warn our enemies that we will not fold our hands and watch them do what they want in our country."

Minister Sekeramayi said that security personnel had a constitutional mandate and capability to maintain peace and order in the country.

"Myopic political tactics by those who claim to be champions of democracy boarders on treachery of the highest order that power can be achieved through subversion," he said

In the run-up to the 2008 harmonised elections, subversive elements petrol-bombed police stations and targeted other security personnel and the public.

The nation witnessed organised and sporadic bombings targeting State institutions, public transport, houses, police officers and other security forces. Zimbabwe will go for the referendum and then harmonised elections next year.

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