Don't tempt cops with bribes: Mujuru

HARARE - Vice President Joice Mujuru has told police officers to stop engaging in corruption saying this was tarnishing the image of the force.

Addressing a pass out parade of 546 police officers, Mujuru said corruption should not be tolerated within the police force.

“We must also stop tempting our disciplined force by bribing them at any given opportunity such as roadblocks, court cases and crime scenes to name a few examples,” Mujuru said.

A number of cops have been arraigned before the courts for receiving and demanding bribes from suspects while others have been fired for engaging in corrupt activities.

“I wish to call upon all Zimbabweans to rid society ills affecting our communities today by adhering to our values of ubuntu or hunhu,” she said.

The parade, which comprised 131 female officers and 415 males’ officers, was urged by the VP to respect the girl child. Mujuru called for a stop to the “menace” of raping minors.

“Some fathers are raping their own daughters, No! What has become of our country? To you the fresh graduands, I say batai munhu! Stop this insanity forthwith.”

Mujuru expressed alarm that “seven month-old babies are being raped!”

According to police statistics, 2 400 minors’ were sexually abused in the last 10 months.

Mujuru also lamented the destruction of wild life in Hwange following the poisoning of elephants.

“As government we are deeply saddened by the recent heartless and retrogressive acts where we have seen a large number of elephants being killed at the Hwange National Park through cyanide poisoning,” she said.

Comments (10)

Madam VP for as long as yu starve us, as police officers we will never have the zeal to work to yo expectation, we cant let our kids die in the name of curbing corruption, we will accept them even more abuda basa ;munyama wake, ini ndotora mari handisunge munhu ini, aah

Mufudzi Akanaka - 29 November 2013

Madam VP you obviously dont know how it works with your beloved force.Do you think we want to bribe them?I think you have to take a closer look at their conduct before stating something so stupid!The way they behave is really something to behold!An abomination of a Police force!Madam VP its easy for you so say stupid things like that you not the one being threatened buy your police with fabricated stories!

cloud - 29 November 2013

“We must also stop tempting our disciplined force by bribing them at any given opportunity such as roadblocks, court cases and crime scenes to name a few examples,” Mujuru said. Mai Mujuru these cops will create a situation. A right will be wronged if you don't pay. As long as you are involved in an accident whether you are right or wrong to the attending officer you are wrong. I was bashed from behind by an unlicensed driver with uninsured vehicle who was trying to change lanes and hit into me after a week the police officer called me and said I was found to be the guilty party so I must pay a certain fine. Lucky I knew some high police officer so when I told the officer that I will check with assistant commissioner so and so he started stammering but how many can do that they end up coughing up something. A pedestrain jumped in front of oncoming vehicles, was missed by a car in the oiter lane but bumped into a kombi in the inner lane but the kombi driver had to cough 300 usd to the police officer to write the correct version of the accident else he was going to be charged. So Mhamha we don't tempt to pay bribes we are put into a corner.

Maita Manyuka - 29 November 2013

it is very good to be a V,I,P since one seems not to see the truth as if reality haionekwi. our cops are dishonest and they they really ask for bribery. inga kunonzi actio speaks louder then words. vakomaba ava ndivo vakashamba iyi tsumo isina musoro, kwai mbudzi inofura payakasungirirwa. promoting kuti vabhadharwe,tell these cops to desist from harassing people, kumisika, paroad everywhere , they coerce people to pay them.mai venyika ngavaone zviri paground

D.Chikanga - 29 November 2013

Thank you madam Presideonte dai mukapiwa chigaro murimi we love you

vhavho - 29 November 2013

Taura hako Maita Manyuka. Clearly the VP has not done a research into understanding underlying issues involving our justice system. I think its case of her reading newspapers and make statements based on that. Zimbabwe has a deep seated Corruption dilemma which is beyond the control of ZANU PF. You see anyone drafted in by ZANU PF to fight its dirty wars to stay in power (ZCP) Zimbabwe Corrupt Police included cannot be tamed. They have this entitlement attitude they carry around. It all start at the top. Our top cop, a civil servant, clearly declared allegiance to a preferred political persuasion and is on record for saying it. You know you have problem, when you can't separate government from a political party.

taps - 29 November 2013

Guys do not worry about amai Mujuru's pass out parade speech. Amai vangati kudini pakadai. Ivo vanoziva kuti vana ava mapurisa havasikutambira mari ingava raramisa. She knows nekuti pay yema officers inotonyadzisa. Asi mbudzi inodya payaka sungirirwa.

SHAVA - 29 November 2013

I think the public should be encouraged to report if they managed to pay a bribe and have their monies returned with a warning or the money may be returned after a deduction of their crime, as long as they report the police officer who accepted the bribe. this may actually inhibit the acceptance of bribes by police officers.

Kaamil - 29 November 2013

Noble words from the vp but please practice what you preach. What do you call it when a Vp commans the police judiciary to charge a man with false rape charges on behalf of Pope Chitsinde who anmointed you president?

mujurushouldresign - 30 November 2013

Mujuru seems clueless in this problem resolution.It's advisable to treat causes than symptoms madam President.

Ndabazezwe Viki - 30 November 2013

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