MDC blasts police inefficiency

HARARE - Lilian Timveous, the MDC shadow Home Affairs minister, says the country’s police force needs retraining and re-orientation to ensure high levels of professionalism and efficiency in dealing with criminal elements in society.

In a press statement yesterday, Timveous said the recent incident in which at least 14 graves at the National Heroes’ Acre were desecrated by a mentally challenged man raises questions about the vigilance of the police and security forces.

Last week, Titus Ruoko (24), allegedly sneaked into the national shrine behind the back of security personnel and tampered with the graves of Elliot Manyika, Lloyd Mbombo Gundu, Charles Njodzi Dauramanzi, Stephen Nkomo, Sikwili Khotti Moyo, Rodello Lifa, Brigadier-General Armstrong Paul Gunda, David Karimanzira, Ephraim Masawi, Solomon Mujuru, Cain Nkala and Herbert Chitepo among others.

“It is hard to believe that a place that is protected by a 24-hour guard of police and ZNA personnel could suffer such damage. Naturally, the public wants to know where the police guards were when the destruction happened,”  Temveous said.

Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri has often boasted that he commands the most professional force whose competence has seen it being repeatedly called up for peacekeeping missions in Africa and beyond.

Timveous said such incidences will only help to further erode public confidence in the force both locally and internationally which she argued was already very low.

“We need to have a modern, efficient, reliable and professional police service that is able to meet the needs and requirements of all who live in this country or visit,” she said.

“The MDC therefore believes that the ZRP should be restructured and its members should beretrained and re-oriented to maintain peace and stability, limit crime and deal effectively with criminals and violations of the law, through the promotion of a rights-based approach to policing.

“That includes evaluating the physical and mental state of suspects to see if they are fit to go through the requirements of the criminal justice system,” she said.

Ruoko has since appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa and is awaiting trial.

Investigations had revealed Ruoko had stopped taking his medication at the time he committed the alleged offence.

Mugwagwa ordered that Ruoko be examined by two medical practitioners before the commencement of his trial.

Comments (9)

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jende kufa - 11 December 2013

I agree the police force is inefficient and the criminals are taking over and actually are encouraged when the police deals with them softly under the pretext of human rights violation

thunder light - 11 December 2013

The Zimbabwean police are just too corrupt. Just look at how they are milking commuter omnibus operators at roadblocks. It appears the police nowadays concern themselves mainly with roadblocks and little else. If not at roadblocks they will be busy destroying dockets of criminals for a fee!

Feldman Bandura - 11 December 2013

Imagine if it was a kombi that had sneaked Paitofiwa ne professional police force yedu.

rew - 11 December 2013

Great to see the shadow cabinet in action

Peter - 11 December 2013

The Traffic section is the one that need to be educated, there are not there just for combis and road blocks, but to assist motorists as well,eg when one has a breakdown in the middle of nowhere the highway patrol should assist, or where are robots not working the police should assist motorists.

Moyomutema - 11 December 2013

Feldman Bandura you are right either they are on the road or destroying dockets for a fee or altering accident details. Do you know if you are involved in an accident even if you are on the right you may wake up to be told it was you who was wrong. An Indian guy was hit from the back as he stopped at a stop sign. The other car was being driven by an unlicensed drunk driver. he got away with 300 usd paid to the attening police officer. I overhead the Indian guy crying that he now is going to foot his own bill of fixing the car and he was told by the police cause of accident was he reversed into the car behind him. That is how they buy their cars and kombis.

Maita Manyuka - 12 December 2013

heroes acre yakatanga riini kuchengetwa nemapurisa

hop - 12 December 2013

This opportunist shadow minister is just on of a yawning image of the MDC, why are you worried about a place which you have shunned and called a ZPF Ccemetry. Better talk of other things, rather than contradict yourself and party ideology. Typical of open mouth shut mind community.

reason - 12 December 2013

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