“It’s Nothing Short Of Buying A New Whip For A Dead Horse”, Zimbabweans Respond To ZRP New Name

Following reports that Zimbabwe Republic Police was changing its name to Zimbabwe Police Services, Zimbabweans have argued that changing the name alone without taking necessary reforms was not enough.

Some have said that the whole system needs thorough reforms as it has over the years been corrupted that the citizenry has in the long run lost trust in the ZRP. The ministry of finance, however, said that the rebranding process was meant to address the trust deficit.

One @drbennie13 posting on twitter argued:

A name change without a corresponding change in dispatching of duties & rebuilding people’s confidence is nothing short of buying a new whip for a dead horse or putting lipstick on a pig. A change in name and professional conduct is desirable

Others clarified that the move was a mere alignment with the national constitution, section 219 which does not recognise ZRP but ZPS.

Others think there is nothing to celebrate as real transformation is not being effected by a mere change of the name. Another commentator said:

It’s just lip service, there is no change at heart didn’t they only a week ago imported chest of armory to muzzle the public in anticipation of demonstrations due to the hard pressing economic situation and some of them are being para military training in order to suppress pple

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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. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is a government organ which administers the country's fiscal and financial aspects through its respective departments. It has various organs administered by different personnel and these include among other the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe National... Read More About Ministry of Finance


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