26 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Police Urged to Execute Their Duties Effectively

POLICE have been urged to effectively execute their duties to ensure that peace prevails ahead of the forthcoming national elections. Zimbabwe is set to hold harmonised elections anytime this year.

Speaking at a Support Unit passout parade at Chikurubi Support Unit Headquarters on Friday, Senior Assistant Inspector Mekia Tanyanyiwa said it was the duty of police to ensure that national events were carried out amicably.

"You are graduating at a time when the country is gearing up for a referendum and upcoming elections to be held this year and this calls for vigilance as we seek to maintain peace before, during and after the impending national events," said Snr Asst Comm Tanyanyiwa.

"It is also the responsibility of police officers to cultivate a peaceful environment which will enable people to pursue their economic and social dreams without fear of crime and harassment by criminals."

Snr Asst Comm Tanyanyiwa warned the inductees against perpetuating corruption in the force.

"Remain upright, disciplined and focused in the discharge of your duties as enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe. Corruption is a cancer, let us not allow it to spread," he said.

The police, he said, was working hard to uproot corrupt officers from the organisation.

"We have vowed to weed out any such bad apples within the shortest possible time. I challenge you to scale up to greater heights and exude professional traits that are characteristic of a disciplined force as you discharge your duties," he said.

The graduands consisted of 60 members from different stations across the country who are set to join the police special tactics troop (PSTT) as well as 36 others, who recently passed from Morris Depot.

The inductees went through a curriculum, which included studies in the history of Zimbabwe, public order and disorder management, field craft and battle craft.

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