Daily News story was spot-on

HARARE - In yet another confirmation that the Daily News is a newspaper for the people and that we always fight on the right side of history, authorities have now confirmed that some senior policemen are indeed involved in corrupt activities.

This untenable state of affairs has forced commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri to take remedial action against the offending cops.

Although police spokesperson, senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba, refused to shed light on Wednesday regarding the exact disciplinary action that is being taken against the cops who stand accused of engaging in serious graft, including commissioner Oliver Chibage, she confirmed that the Daily News’ exclusive investigations and reports on these matters have been, as usual, 100 percent correct.

Indeed, we lead and others follow, always telling it like it is, without fear or favour — as confirmed by the myriad of our other scoops that we have run within a short time back such as Zesagate and Nieebgate.

As we recently stated, our role as the eyes and ears of our beloved country has become even more critical following the decimation of the MDCs in July’s contested polls, and Zimbabweans can look forward to more probing and groundbreaking investigative journalism from our matchless team going into the future.

On that score, Chihuri is to be commended for taking a deservedly strong stance towards the allegations of serious graft within the upper echelons of the force, a fact confirmed by Charamba on Wednesday who said police were finalising the cases involving the fingered cops, with a view to taking them through internal disciplinary hearings.

We say please, throw the kitchen sink at these malcontents, for the police force is already under enough pressure generally without also having to fend off graft charges.

Our fervent hope is that our notoriously meddlesome politicians do not get in the way of the critical work in this regard that Chihuri and his team have now valiantly embarked upon — for it is never easy to spotlight malfeasance within the ranks of the police, the military and politics.

Indeed, it is only through this kind of brave action that confidence in our beleaguered police force will be re-established, and  law and order in the country truly affected in a non-partisan manner.

Yet, and without any shadow of doubt, corruption is one of the biggest problems afflicting our resource-rich but paradoxically poor country — which has meant that our national wealth is illegally and corruptly parcelled out among a few politically-connected rotten eggs.

In fact, were Chihuri and his team given enough political support in this noble endeavour, instead of the current misplaced government emphasis on non-existent sanctions, the debilitating poverty and inequality that afflicts our country would be greatly mitigated in no time!

It is in the public interest for the police to disclose information about corruption in their force.

Police are not a private entity, they serve and protect the people on taxpayers’ expense and the public needs to know what is happening.

Comments (8)

Well done Daily News. All your detractors are eating humble pie. Without your fearless, incisive newspaper life would be a whole lot more unbearable in Zimbodia!

Kanthan - 18 October 2013

Instead of patting yourselves on the back tell us more about why this is happening now and why some and not others???There is a rich mine of info here, you have only done half the job.

gutter poet - 18 October 2013

If only the Herald and ZBC could join suit in this noble anti-graft endeavour. But this is a pipe dream with comrades Ceasar Zvayi and Happison Muchechetere in charge. Sigh, sigh!!!!

Kumar - 18 October 2013

thieves

king - 18 October 2013

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate here. Its a great pity the unitiated will fall for the idea that Chihuri intends to clean the police force of corruption. Nothing could be further from the truth. Where does he start? From the time he falsely claimed almost 100 per cent disability as a war veteran veteran, courtesy of the late mad pseudo medical practitioner, Hitler "Chenjerayi" Hunzvi, he was starting his crusade to destroy the police force. Unfortunately, all the 1980s era ministers, civil servants and the mujibhas and chimbwidos were all allowed to join the gravy train by getting bizarre and shoddy medical reports from Hunzvi to fleece the State of Zimbabwe and virtually empty its coffers. Chihuri and his colleagues who now sit in the notorious JOC all unashamedly benefitted from these payouts. After taking over a well run and virtually untainted police force what did he do? He recruited from Border Gezi's green bombers whose training under the guise of national service was actually aimed at turning them into murderous ZANU PF militias. Chihuri systematically destroyed the police, rendering it unfit for purpose and no longer responsive to citizens' expectations but turned them into enemies of the people. Corruption became rife at his watch and with his countenance. To redeem himself and recover his lost reputation, Chihuri must clean the force, starting with himself. It is instructive to note that in the 1980s President Mugabe, then Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, suspended a national police chief and appointed a judicial inquiry to determine his fitness. The PM took that decision after receiving reports of corruption on the part of the police chief. It is the same esteemed President of the republic who can restore the image of our police service and appoint another judicial inquiry to investigate the present police leadership and the entire organisation. Letting Chihuri choose who to target does not cure the cancer. Zimbabweans lets discuss this. Any comment?

Taurai Chokwadi - 18 October 2013

there's nothing commendable for chihuri because he's one of the corrupt group...those are the corruption God Fathers.

Zvakwana - 19 October 2013

Great work Daily News. Please can you sting the Traffic Cops next and their disregard for the dignity of their fellow Zimbabweans. We gettin enuff of their abuse and its a matter of time before someone reacts to the daily abuse and theft we endure. You will become th eCarte Blance of Zimbabwe !!

Thomas Joerem - 21 October 2013

Ukasazvipembedza, hapana anokupembedza

Hazvie - 21 October 2013

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