Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Senior Assistant Charity Charamba has denied ever saying that people are crying out for a return of police roadblocks. Instead, she blamed the media saying that they wanted to tarnish the image of the police despite earlier reports where she said that a country cannot operate without roadblocks.Charamba is reported to have said that the public was crying out for the return of roadblocks by online publication New Zimbabwe, and Pindula aggregated the article here, although it made clear that the ZRP never issued a statement expressing those sentiments. Charamba was quoted at a workshop in Gweru.
In a statement, Charamba said,
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The ZRP would like to dismiss such reports that are circulating on some sections of the media alleging that people are crying out for roadblocks to return. That statement was never issued by the ZRP and even the ZRP spokesperson never said that. That mischievous person (journalist) wants to tarnish the image of the ZRP by spreading falsehoods.
However, ZimMediaReview called out the Senior Assistant Commissioner saying that she was lying. Writing on Twitter, Zim Media Review said,
Charamba is lying. She specifically said, at a workshop for journalists in Gweru, that some drivers were pleading for the ZRP to return to the roads.
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