'Female cops will be promoted on merit'

HARARE - Advancing women to positions previously dominated by men in the police service should be done consciously to avoid promoting poor performers, police chief Augustine Chihuri said yesterday.

Speaking at ZRP’s 2016 Women’s Network Annual General Meeting held in Harare, Chihuri said while promoting women, the thrust is not about a quantitative balance but qualitative.

The network enhances the empowerment of women police officers countrywide.

Chihuri said society should also reject the retrogressive notion that women belong in the kitchen.

“Let me hasten to caution that equal opportunities do not entail promoting mediocre performance as that would be tantamount to discriminating against men. For us, the ball remains in our women officers’ court to show dedication and commitment to their work and even to surpass their male counterparts.”

Chihuri said women should also stay at work in season and out of season to be recognised in the police service.

Chihuri encouraged the Women’s Network in their capacity as law enforcers to tackle gender-based violence saying it was now a national problem.

“My appeal to you is that make gigantic strides and continue going out in full force nipping this malady from our midst,” Chihuri said.

Comments (5)

I think women are also hardworking like their men counter party or rather say some of our women are better than men in such as leadership, delegate, supervision, and even taking care of the family.

Andrew Shooya (Namibia) - 6 May 2016

This is hypocrisy at its worst because this man promotes his mahure. Ask any police officer he/she will tell you that this moron has destroyed the once reputable oorganisation due to his corruption. It does not end there, his wife his making a killing by forcing members to contribute 15 bucks for kuyedza club. Its a shame that the old man can't see this

chirandu - 6 May 2016

Himself Chihuri is a non-performer. For him to say we want women to be promoted based on merit is disingenuous at best. Furthermore, I find it very embarrassing for most of these security guys to rely heavily on verbose and meaningless statements. Chihuri MUST allow fairness, stem out sexual and other forms of harassment in the police force. A lot of women are abused, and some succumb to sexual exploitation as they see it as their only hope for promotion and thus a better life for themselves and their families. It is shameful...

gudo - 7 May 2016

1990 Chihuri akabuditsa mota yekuba ku southerton police

Tapiwa Nyika - 7 May 2016

pse use academic qualifications and other professional qualifications as the basis of crafting an empowerment strategy for women officers.

Tichafara Zindoga - 8 May 2016

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