Chihuri dismisses resignation rumours

HARARE - Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri has quashed raging rumours that he has resigned from his post by appearing at the pass out parade of 554 police graduates at Morris Police Training Depot in Harare yesterday.

The social media was awash with stories that Chihuri had left his post under pressure from Zanu PF hawks who accuse him of belonging to a faction aligned to vice president Joice Mujuru.

In the last few weeks, there have been incessant calls by party supporters opposed to Mujuru for all her perceived allies both in Zanu PF and government to resign before the ruling party’s December congress.

But yesterday, Chihuri appeared to be under no pressure as he went about his duties accompanying Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku in inspecting the parade.

Chihuri, however, did not give a speech as Chidyausiku was the reviewing officer at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Chidyausiku said conditions prevailing in police holding cells were inhuman and degrading and that using them to detain suspects was a violation of their constitutional rights.

While acknowledging that government is currently cash-strapped, Chidyausiku called on authorities to mobilise resources to repair all holding cells countrywide.

Over the years, local human rights groups have expressed disquiet over the sorry state of affairs in the holding police cells at various police stations countrywide but government has always cited financial problems.

“What I would ask for, and what I believe is possible, is for government to repair these police holding cells,” said Chidyausiku.

“This does not require a lot of money and would evince government’s commitment to attend to this problem. We should bear in mind that the people we hold in police holding cells are Zimbabweans. We owe it to our people to afford them this basic decency,” he added.
Chidyausiku also appealed for cooperation among the police, the judiciary and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to deliver justice to the people.

He said there should never be collusion between them as an efficient investigation by the police enables the NPA to effectively present to court making it easier for judicial officers to assess.

“Accordingly, there should never be an expectation that because the police have arrested an accused person and the NPA has prosecuted that person, therefore the court must convict,” said Chidyausiku.

He warned the NPA against bringing before the courts, cases that have not been properly investigated.

The Chief Justice said judicial officers would not hesitate to hold to account both the police and the NPA for failure to discharge their duties properly and professionally.

He also said likewise, the police should also arrest and investigate judicial officers who break the law.

Turning to the graduands, Chidyausiku called them on to be professional in the conduct of their duties by upholding the dignity of being a police officer.

“Reports of police officers who are sometimes perpetrators of crime make disturbing reading. Equally so are reports of corruption, not only among the police force but in the entire delivery system”.

The pass out parade was punctuated by scintillating marching drills by the energetic young officers who were all too happy to showcase their nimble feet through unique quick march drills that entertained the crowd throughout the day.

Part of the six-month police training syllabus involves courses on the country’s Constitution,  its political history, Human Rights and Policing, Police Duties and Investigations, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence Act, Public Order Management, Weapon Handling, Foot  and Arms drill among others.

The graduation ceremony was also attended by the Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi.

Comments (11)

Who is Chidyausiku trying to fool? Does he really care? The nationwide rot in jails and the judicial systems is an absolute disgrace. The National Health officials, foreign diplomats, police and judicial officers have known about this issue for decades yet nothing is ever done about it. Eve NGO's, the Red Cross and so-called humanitarian groups sit silently on their hands. No wonder Zimbabwe is still a basket case state.

Ambrose Mutinhiri - 21 November 2014

Cde Chihuri ,cde Mudede , Cde Charity Charamba, cde etc can not resign their good work is there for everyone to see.

fambai - 21 November 2014

Typical of politicians from this land to make promises they can't fulfill and make false announcements at such gatherings. Who does not recall the leaked footage of prisoners dying of hunger with hardly any clothes on their backs and how the authorities flatly denounced it as a fictional video that was filmed elsewhere to try and tarnish Zimbabwe's image? The situation is pathetic to say the least, a zoo would even fair much much better.

Dr Know - 21 November 2014

does appearence say anything if i may ask

valembe - 21 November 2014

Chihuri"s official term expired long time ago. It was Mugabe who has been give him extension after extension as part of their mafia ring. Its renewal hangs in balance at the moment. He too has failed the country. Dont replace him please if goes, Mugabe can take over.VaChidyausiku endai munotaura izvozvo, zve ma human rights mu Politiburo meeting ye zanu pf because muri member indirect. We expect you to speak about police brutality, selective application of law and lawlessness in the country.

X-MAN IV - 21 November 2014

News papers that grossly lie should be shunned

liberty shungu - 22 November 2014

his presence at the passout parade doesnt mean that he hasnt resigned. Maybe the issue is still in the process, lets not be rushy in making conclusions. This is politics and lets just wait for the outcome and results coz we judge with results

Robert Mapurisa - 22 November 2014

kana akaenda ane basa rei haa !

m - 22 November 2014

Our top cop collapsed because he was putting on smaller shoes that his feet needed. So if the most senior policeman does not know his shoe size, sure what else does he know? Endai zvenyu Cde Chihuri mundozoroza, njere dzenyu dza expire. Thanks for the work you did when you were still neat upstairs.

machakachaka - 24 November 2014

His resignation will not change anything. Vicious and venomous vipers he had bred during his infamous reign will take over and continue from where he left- aluta continua

MuShurugwi - 25 December 2014

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