President Emmerson Mnangagwa urged the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to ensure a peaceful free and fair election.
While officially opening the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) New Headquarters and Forensic Science Laboratory in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa also urged the police to deal with politicians who facilitate acts of violence. He added that Government will assist the police in anyway possible to ensure a peaceful election. Said Mnangagwa:
Allow me to reiterate that we are going to have free, fair and credible elections. As the country’s law enforcement agency, we, therefore, expect you to play a pivotal role by contributing to the building of a conducive atmosphere that begets such a desired outcome, through efficient and effective policing. Government would thus do everything in its power to ensure that you are ready to adequately police the forthcoming plebiscite.
Political players should not be allowed to flout the laws of this country, willy-nilly. We all have to play by the rules so that our citizens exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Let me also take this opportunity to appeal to all political players and citizens to cooperate with the police as they exercise their constitutional mandate. The public should not provoke the police into breaking the laws they are supposed to enforce and in equal measure, the police should not provoke the citizens into breaking the law.