The Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Godwin Matanga has met with 17 members of the police force who will soon be deployed to the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
UNMISS’ objective is to consolidate peace and security, and help establish conditions for development in the Republic of South Sudan, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the Government of South Sudan to govern effectively and democratically and establish good relations with its neighbours.
During the meeting meant to brief the officers, Matanga emphasised the need for the cops to maintain and uphold the values of the police force and avoid behaviour that will bring the name of the force into disrepute. He said:
_You should always remember the fact that discipline should manifest within the contingent itself first before we talk of the deserved respect for police colleagues of other nationalities._
_Dispel the misinterpretation of the United Nations’ stance on having a rank-less mission under which some among you might be tempted to end up being contemptuous of authority of the command element within your contingent._
_You should rather always exhibit the highest standard of discipline and ethical conduct. I am confident that you will perform to the best of your ability and in so doing continue to make the organisation and the nation proud._
Matanga also urged the ZRP officers to take their time with the UN Mission as an opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experiences of fellow officers from other countries with whom they shall be deployed together with.
Matanga added that the knowledge should be used for the fostering and sustenance of a conducive environment for economic growth in Zimbabwe.
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