President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered members of the security sector to severely deal with armed and violent crimes in the country.
He said the remarks during the burial of National Hero Brigadier General Ruphus Chigudu at the National Heroes Acre this Monday.
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He also expressed concern over increased cases of child murder allegedly for ritual purposes. The president said:
Violence, destruction of property and making Zimbabwe ungovernable can never be democratic and that is not what we fought for.
The Government is worried about the growing cases of ritual killings of minors. Equally worrisome are the growing cases of armed and violent crimes. I have ordered our security arms to deal with such misdeeds severely.
His remarks come when soldiers have been accused of extra-judicial killings in the country, for instance, in August 2018 and January 2018.
Reports of security forces’ brutality and abuse of human rights have been increasing during the coronavirus lockdown with latest reports suggesting that some soldiers have been sexually abusing young girls through intimidation at Chisuma Primary School outside Victoria Falls.
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