Khupe warns cops in politics

MATOBO - Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has warned senior police officers who are getting involved in politics now, saying they face dismissal should the MDC win the forthcoming polls.

“According to our both new and old constitutions police officers should not get involved in politics,” Khupe, who is also the mainstream MDC vice president, told hundreds of MDC supporters at a rally in Matopo South on Sunday.

“I would like to warn those police officers who are going around saying, Pamberi ne Zanu PF while there are still in police force that bhasopo because you will be trouble in our new government.”

Khupe spoke as a serving top police officer Oliver Mandipaka earned promotion from the rank of chief superintendent to assistant commissioner even though he is campaigning to be Member of Parliament for Buhera South on President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF ticket in apparent breach of the law enforcement agency’s resign-to-run rule.

The Police Act clearly states that a police officer who intends to contest an election shall resign from office before embarking on a campaign or the date of the election.

Mandipaka has been distributing fliers in Buhera, showing him in Zanu PF regalia but has said he has no intention of quitting the force.

Khupe said Zanu PF will collapse after election later this year after a resounding defeat by her party.

“Once you go in numbers to vote for our president Tsvangirai, that will be the end of Zanu PF,” she said.

Khupe said an MDC government was going to revive more than 90 companies which shutdown in Bulawayo.
“We are going to revive all Bulawayo companies which were shut down because of Zanu PF misrule,” she said.

“We want to stop our children from endangering their lives while crossing into South Africa to look for jobs. We have investors who are ready to come.”

Bulawayo used to be the hub of industrial activity in the country but in recent years big companies have closed down or relocated to other cities.

This has seen more than 20 000 people losing their jobs.

 Last year Finance minister Tendai Biti launched the Distressed Industries and Marginalised Areas Fund to revive Bulawayo industries.

Under Dimaf, the government, in partnership with Old Mutual through CABS, committed itself to providing $40 million for the revival of industries. - Pindai Dube

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