Zimbabwe Commissioner –General of Police: ‘We shall not condone Violence’

“We are appealing to members of the public to respect police officers while they conduct their duties,” he said.

Zimbabwe Commissioner –General of Police: ‘We shall not condone Violence’

“We are appealing to members of the public to respect police officers while they conduct their duties,” he said.

24 February 2018 Saturday 18:46
Zimbabwe Commissioner –General of Police: ‘We shall not condone Violence’

By Azania Post Reporter

Zimbabwe Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga has warned that the force will not condone any form of violence to happen in the country, and particularly in Harare where on Thursday two people were killed following a mayhem at night.

Police said the mayhem was caused by an ill advised decision by the opposition MDC-T led Harare city council to ban commuterbuses from the central business district.

Comm-Generla said police will investigate the case.

He was addressing a press conference Thursday saying they will not condone any act of violence in reference to this week’s attack on MDC-T vice president Dr Thokozani Khupe and other officials in intra-party violence at the funeral of party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera.

“In a similar incident that occurred in Buhera at the burial of the late MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, Dr Thokozani Khupe and other officials were assaulted, threatened with death by fellow party supporters,” he said.

“The ZRP will not tolerate any form of violence whether intra-party or inter-party and we are again investigating this matter and the perpetrators of this violence will be brought to book,” he said.

He said they will tighten security in all corners as they were approaching the 2018 harmonised elections.

We are appealing to all Zimbabweans to be peaceful as they campaign, before, during and after elections.”

Comm-Gen Matanga said people should heed President Mnangagwa’s call for peace and tolerance to opposing views and respect for the rule of law.

“We are appealing to members of the public to respect police officers while they conduct their duties,” he said. “Police have a constitutional mandate to fulfil, in equal measure, we fully respect the citizens’ rights.

“We are therefore appealing for calmness in Harare as we deal with this issue. However, let me emphasise that we will deal decisively with those who continue to engage in acts of violence.”

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