Cry our beloved country

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) never ceases to amaze.
Only that many times the shenanigans on this so-called national police force are not jokes but a serious violation of citizen rights.

This week the ZRP was involved in another drama, refusing to respect a High Court order for the release of lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

The police dilly-dallied and all of a sudden we had as many “independent” units in the police, ordinary police and another called Law and Order.

Ordinary police could not release Mtetwa because she was brought in by Law and Order details and thrown in their cells.

The same police would drive all around town with Mtetwa at the back of a truck bought by taxpayers, in an act of celebration and public humiliation.

Whoever gives orders to these juniors, who are simply being abused like all of us, obviously thinks that they are doing a good job of humiliating and punishing Mtetwa.

No they are not. They are doing a perfect job of demonstrating their unprofessionalism and dragging the name of the police and this country in the mud.

The police actions, which are being beamed the world over at a time Zimbabwe is preparing for an election, clearly demonstrate that despite all efforts the GNU is ultimately a failure for our security as citizens is not guaranteed.

The same police that are meant to protect us and uphold the rule of law are unfortunately at the forefront of disregarding the same law.

The police cannot be the arresting and prosecuting authority at the same time. Disregarding court rulings is an act of impunity that puts the police above all other institutions of the State.

It is an attack on the judiciary and the constitution of Zimbabwe even in its current form.

In the absence of the rule of law, which the police are trampling with impunity, nothing else can ever work in any society.

If this country has an authority above the police, then that authority needs to do something for the sake of this country.

The police commissioner general is ever in the media haranguing us lesser beings on the need to follow and abide by the law, how does he explain actions of his force.

In other words the rule of law means doing as police and Zanu PF want not necessarily what the courts or law says. Citizens of Zimbabwe are back in the jungle as they were in Rhodesia, where one could be arrested, detained incommunicado, executed and harassed without due process of law.

By tolerating and encouraging this kind of behaviour, Zanu PF has taken this country backwards. This might appear a show of power of sorts by Chihuri and Zanu PF but let me say categorically that this chaos will come to haunt them one day.

No one is safe in societies where the rule of law is undermined and rights trampled upon.

At the end of the day what the ZRP is doing is to entrench a culture of fear that will only serve to encourage the breaking of the law with impunity by all more so Zanu PF people.

The guardians of the law are demonstrating that law is what serves their interests, the danger is some in society will likely follow this bad example.

At the end of the day, one also has to feel pity for the police and team, for these are victims of their dogmatic political ideology.

They think they are born to rule, live forever and do as they please. Unfortunately life is not like that and each has its day.

For the junior police staff being abused in all this, we hope they realise the error of their ways and go back to observe the constitutional role of the police force. - David Mutomba

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