Speaking during a Question and Answer session in the Senate last Thursday, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni says serving police officers caught operating commuter transport businesses and gold mining among other private ventures face dismissal from the Zimbabwe Republic Police force and urged citizens to report the offending police officers.|
This was however, challenged by Matebeleland South Senator Sithembile Mlotshwa who said government has allowed the police to act with impunity and remain untouchable despite evidence of immoral acts associated with the country’s law enforcers. Said Mguni:
The law is there in the Standing Orders of the Commissioner General of Police and that the police should not be involved in pirating taxes or gold mining. …We need to work together as a forum and the community if we see such people doing that and inform the Commissioner General of Police so that the person may be guided or disciplined in line with the law. If we say these people are in charge of implementing the law and they are the ones found breaking the law, it does not work out well. Even the residents can help us so that those who are involved in such activities, we take measures against them so that the law is upheld. If we find a police officer involved in such activities, we discharge them from service. We do not allow them to be involved in corrupt activities. If an officer disobeys the law, we will reprimand them. We have laws to correct such anomalies. We are there for them.
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Obedingwa Mguni is a Zimbabwean politician who hails from the ZANU-PF party. He was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent the Mangwe Constituency. Read More About Obedingwa Mguni
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police