Police wary of spike in murder, rape cases

MASVINGO - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over the sharp rise in cases of armed robbery, murder and rape of juveniles here over the past year.

Godwin Matanga, deputy commissioner general responsible for administration, told guests during a belated end of year party for police officers held at Masvingo Polytechnic College on Saturday, that it was disheartening that cases of murder and armed robbery had risen by 34 and 36 percent respectively last year.

Matanga was reading police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri’s speech.

He said the rising robbery, murder and rape cases were worrying and urged police officers and communities to work together to curb crime.

“A total of 59 murder cases were recorded in 2013 against 45 cases recorded during the previous year and a total of 38 cases of armed robbery were received against the 2012 figure of 28 cases.”

He said heinous crimes generally rose during the past year, with cases of stock theft increasing by a marginal six percent compared to 2012, while case of rape involving minors rose by 24 percent.

“Sadly, this is a lack of character and heartlessness on the part of offenders who take advantage of defenceless children, whose future is bleak,” Chihuri said.

“Efforts should also be trebled to thwart the increase in crimes of passion taking into consideration the 24 percent increase in juvenile rape cases.

“It is also worrisome to note that cases of stock theft rose from 1 726 cases in 2012 to 1 834 in 2013.”

The police, he said, were facing a myriad of challenges in combating crime, hence the increase in cases of robbery and other criminal activities. The police face challenges of limited resources to adequately equip officers to deal with crime when notified to react.

“Issues such as lack of a vibrant and adequate transport system, fuel and other resources have been hampering police activities to arraign criminals or prevent crime.”

Comments (1)

Nhai Chihuri who is making the future of these children bleak. Isnt it you and your irresponsible ZANU PF party who are amassing wealth at unpropositional scale at the expense os ordinary people?

Ziziharinanyanga - 5 February 2014

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