Speaking to The Herald, Constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku said that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have the powers to arrest officials implicated in the Auditor-General’s reports once they are tabled in Parliament.
This contradicts a statement by police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba that Permanent Secretaries should make a report to the police as accounting officers as per Government protocol. Said Madhuku:
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Those reports do not need to be verified or endorsed by Parliament. Once that report is tabled in Parliament, any organ of the State which has issues with what has been raised can act on it.
It is a serious misunderstanding that there should be a complainant. The presentation of that report is sufficient notice to everyone, including the law enforcement agency. It is like saying there is a bombing somewhere, there is no need for a complainant in that case and the police are obliged to investigate that.
Lovemore Madhuku is a prominent law academic and politician. He is the current leader of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and is also a political analyst. Read More About Lovemore Madhuku
Charity Angeline Charamba is a former Zimbabwean police officer and also former National Spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Republic Police a position she held until March 2019 when she joined the diplomatic career. She holds the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner in the police force. In... Read More About Charity Charamba
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