Opposition parties have described the shootout at Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri’s residence on Wednesday as a manifestation of indiscipline in the police force.
Said MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu:
This just shows the levels of indiscipline in our police force. We actually have a police force that over the years has degenerated into a rag-tag organisation with absolutely no discipline, no respect for people’s fundamental rights and liberty. Indiscipline crept in a long time ago and it was caused by the failure to periodically renew the top leadership of the police force in order to have new ideas. Chihuri has been at the helm for the past 26 years and nowhere else in the world had this happened.
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Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume concurred with Gutu and said people have to to change the system by electing a new Government next year. Said Ngarivhume:
It confirms what all Zimbabweans have known all this time that our police are undisciplined. This is what has gotten us where we are today. The people need to decisively end this by making sure that we change the system by electing a new government next year.
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to dismiss Augustine Chihuri. Said Chihwayi:
The shooting unravelled the level of indiscipline within the police force. The MDC has been calling for the resignation or dismissal of Chihuri for some time. We are reiterating our call for President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa to dismiss Chihuri if they are dreaming of having a professional and disciplined force.