Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri was booed during the swearing in ceremony of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chihuri was booed while pledging his allegiance to the new leader.
The booing maybe associated with the police attempt to arrest Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantino Chiwenga when he arrived from China. There is also a narrative that Chihuri was against Chiwenga who is viewed by many as a hero after the military intervention led to Robert Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday. Chihuri was reportedly arrested for his alleged links to G40. Another reason why people booed him could be that police are regarded as as corrupt. Below are the reactions of people on Twitter to Chihuri being booed:
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People are booing Chihuri. Shame. Waenda wangu. Ask Grace about getting booed nevanhu vaED.
— Christopher Farai (@ChrisCharamba) November 24, 2017
Commissioner of Police Chihuri pledges allegiance, with a quaver in his voice, to Mnangagwa to cat calls, boos and jeers from the crowd at #MnangagwaInauguration #jobsecurity? #thiswillbethelasttimemaybethelasttimeIdontknow
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) November 24, 2017
Chihuri booed at inauguration. I bet you Grace Mugabe would get better reception and love than the cops. Those people just arent loved in this country #ZimInauguration
— Robert Mukondiwa (@zimrobbie) November 24, 2017
If I was Augustine Chihuri, The Chief of Police, I would simply resign under the pretext of retirement. He is now a tainted figure. That booing is the longest I have ever witnessed in this country of a public official.
— Hopewell Chin’ono #NoToLooters (@daddyhope) November 24, 2017
Augustine Chihuri is being booed? Or maybe I am not hearing right. #MnangagwaInauguration
— Sue Nyathi (@SueNyathi) November 24, 2017
I believe the crowd just booed Commissioner Chihuri and also shouted ngaaende. Meanwhile , Pres . Mnangagwa has a charismatic signature writing process 😂😂. Crowd loves it for days 😄😉#MnangagwaInauguration#Zimbabwe
— Paul Kaseke Snr. (@paulkasekesnr) November 24, 2017