Reform security sector: Jomic

MUTARE - A government watchdog has demanded that the security sector leadership must be non-partisan and stop making statements that could destabilise Zimbabwe.

Qhubani Moyo, chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) media sub-committee and a senior official in Welshman Ncube’s MDC, told a press club meeting in Mutare last Thursday that state security organs must be professional as they risked destabilising the country.

“Organs of the state or institutions of state that are given the mandate to protect the citizenry without favour or political affiliation should execute their duties within the law without taking sides because if citizens don’t feel protected by organs of state that are supposed to protect them they resort to other means and ways of trying to survive,” Moyo said.

The smaller MDC policy director in urging professionalism in the state security sector also denounced generals’ statements of allegiance to Zanu PF saying the police and the army are there to “protect the citizenry in totality and not in a partisan manner including statements regarding what can be done.”

“We expect that there should be acceptance of anyone who would have been chosen by the people of Zimbabwe in a free and fair election. That is what causes stability in going forward,” Moyo said.

He also revealed that Jomic was investigating the voter registration process.

“We have deployed our teams in all provinces to get to all the centres and find out the truth so that whatever recommendation we make is informed by evidence that we would have gathered on the ground,” Moyo told journalists.

Without elaborating, Moyo said Jomic had seen some of the voter registration challenges that have been reported by the media but now want the official information.

“We have seen some of the issues that you (journalists) speak about but we have gone out to try and collect official information that can be useful and used for the process of trying to improve the situation,” he said. - Bernard Chiketo

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