Zanu PF abusing police - Makone

HOME Affairs minister Theresa Makone has condemned Zanu PF for abusing police officers in the primary elections by using them to supervise the shambolic vote.

Makone made the remarks in Parliament on Wednesday when she was answering questions from legislators during Parliament’s question time.

Pishai Muchauraya, MDC MP for Makoni South demanded an explanation why Zanu PF was using the police in conducting its elections.

“I want to know if it is a government policy to deploy uniformed ZRP officers to conduct Zanu PF primary elections and who is funding that exercise on behalf of the government?” asked Muchauraya.

Makone told the legislators that it was not government policy.

“Police should not be used as party agents in any form or manner,”

Makone said. “If that has happened, it is regrettable, illegal and wrong.

"The police are expected to be present at party political functions as keepers of peace in that role, nothing else.”

She said during the primary elections for other political parties including the MDC, police were present only as peace keepers.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC held its primary elections last month.

“We experienced it over the last few weeks during the primary election processes of the parties that have finished their exercise. The police were present only as keepers and defenders of the people,” said Makone.

Turning to Zanu PF’s use of uniformed police officers at polling stations where they were issuing ballot papers to voters, Makone said it was an illegal act.

“If police officers have been used to carry ballot boxes, count people or verify anything on behalf of parties it is an illegal activity and we cannot blame people when they think that it is State resources that have been misused,” said Makone.

Zanu PF and MDC are gearing up for holding harmonised elections as the parties are preparing to submit names of their respective parliamentary candidates to the Nomination Court.

Comments (8)

The daily news is most uninformative paper in Zimbabwe. Every Zimbabwean with an iota of common sense knows that it is an MDC T propaganda megaphone.

Phillip mpofu - 28 June 2013

Zanu pf does not only use Z.R.P, it stretches to abuse even property of institutions such as buses etc. its sad to see bhazi reHarare Polytechnic riri paZanu pf HQ rinemaziposters aVaMugabe. kunyangwe zvikanzi rahaiwa....zvanyanya. Pliz leave tertiary institutions property out of your politics. ndezvemastudents!!!

war - 28 June 2013

Dear Philip, Are you related to Obert the super thief Mpofu. You do seem to be mentally challenged. If the Daily news was so poor at telling it as it is then explain why your party bombed it? Wake up man, ZANU-PF has destroyed our beautiful country. Imagine a country with no currency of its own! Sanctions my foot. Why am I wasting my time talking to you anyway

bingo wajakta - 29 June 2013

mphofu if you think DN is uninformative, have you checked ZBC and Herald or just count the number of satellite dish per 500 square in mbare residential

ten2ten - 29 June 2013

The Daily News is an MDC-T propaganda mouthpiece, lying to prop up the fading image of Morgan Tsvangirai. Poor Daily News, a pale shadow of the original DN

Real Gobhoza - 29 June 2013

Makone is a fool. How can she claim not to know whether police were involved in ZPF primaries when she is supposed to be one of the ministers of Home Affairs? After all, is this not the same Makone fool who was only yesterday claiming that her police officers have the right to seize radios peddling what she calls hate speech. double-speak, double standards. And all of you are hoodwinked into following a blind rotten, donkey

Real Gobhoza - 29 June 2013

trely makoni, how can things happen the way there do when you are there. mom, you have failed to be our saviour in this case. unless you have some things under you sleeve to be revealed before elections your job as a minister for the police was badly done. i know it was so difficult but knowing that you should have been as hard as t biti. he stopped all the zanu pf theft and has more information to give us before elections.

sammy - 29 June 2013

The writing is on the wall. MORGAN Tsvangirai is winning

CHIKONZI - 29 June 2013

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