We will not change police, army: MDC

HARARE - Despite suffering harassment and beatings from the country’s law enforcement agents, the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC says it holds no grudge against members of the disciplined forces.

Addressing hundreds of party supporters in Kuwadzana yesterday MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa said the police are not enemies.

“We are worried by police’s action. They are brutalising people but that must stop. We are not going to fire police officers or soldiers if we are voted into power. We are going to do what we call reorientation, telling our police that their duty is to protect the citizens not to intimidate them like what they are doing,” said Chamisa.

In the past few months the country’s police have come under criticism due to their heavy-handed methods in quelling dissent.

“(President Robert) Mugabe is wasting resources buying teargas in a peaceful nation, I told him that these people want good perfume and you are spraying teargas, which destroys their eyes,” said Chamisa.

The MDC deputy president said Mugabe should just step down because he has failed the people of Zimbabwe and should stop abusing the country’s law enforcement agents.

“Zanu PF is trying to create a war between police and the people but we need to know that the police are our brothers and we must tell them to stop being used by greed people who want to die in power.”

Chamisa also said his party is now ready to work with all disgruntled former freedom fighters.

“When I was appointed VP, I requested the president kuti ndishande nema (to work with) war veterans. We need them they did a good job in liberating us however Mugabe has abused them for long. In a new Zimbabwe we are planning good things for our vets they need money to send  children to school they need to be respected.”

Comments (7)

we ar tired nw

godfrey chizenga - 23 August 2016

I support the idea. Yes these people are being used but we also forgive then for their atrocities. Most of them don't have choice because there no work out there.But my advise is they need to sacrifice for change.Abusing yr fellow brothers&sisters its not good at all

Matsotsi - 23 August 2016

Politicians should stop politicking to war vets as if they want money only. Chamisa stop canvasing to war vets now when yesterday you were demonizing them. Your respect should be meaningful not just lip service to those who liberated the country.

Gumandafa - 23 August 2016

We will make a decision when we get there as of now its better not to talk about it bcoz we still have along way to go any THING CAN happen More so an over of all forces will be the best for this country , .

Diibulaanyika - 23 August 2016

That's what they should have preached long time ago and that could have brought them into power not threatening the policy and the army. too late. its a shame

gwabu - 23 August 2016

At least Chamisa is maturing to the realities of life.Let me hasten to say the politicians are abusing the poor people and the police by creating a war between them. The unnecessary organisation of demonstrations are causing unwanted scars to the nation.

chatambudza - 23 August 2016

While the government of the day requires a police force, military capacity, internal security apparatus as well as other uniformed services, it would be naïve if not dangerous to retain the current crop and its operatives lock stock and barrel. Some of them are diehard unrepentant supporters who are irredeemable and still need to account for their horrific and criminal conduct. Its inconceivable that they are powerless and oblivious of such brutality on innocent citizens that reflects total lack of discipline and professionalism.. Let us have comprehensive security sector reform that will also weed all the malcontents especially those who bear the greatest responsibility for the human and civil rights abuses. Subsequently there should be a process to reengage and retrain those suitable and able to work in a new dispensation that conforms with our constitution and international human rights commitments and obligations. It will be costly and demanding to go this route but relying on shortcuts will leave the Zimbabwe with a permanent deficit in administering law and order that will haunt the country in the medium to long term.

Jaison Maikolu - 24 August 2016

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