Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe has directed the police to immediately put to an end the rampant child kidnappings, ritual killings, traffic chaos caused by pirate taxis and general armed robberies targeting families and individuals with large sums of cash.
Addressing police commanders in Harare on Wednesday, Kazembe also lambasted the behaviour of some police officers in public places, such as drinking in uniform and engaging in untoward behaviour. He said:
What is more worrisome is that in most instances, the victims are later found dead. Government is deeply concerned that the nation is being robbed of future leaders.
The onus is on you as (ZRP) Commanders to come up with robust strategies to bring this to an end.
We should remain mindful of the fact that we have a constitutional mandate to protect life and property.
There are concerns that some of the pirate taxis that have turned Harare into a traffic jungle belong to police officers, some of whom drive the vehicles wearing police uniform to get easy passage at police checkpoints. Said Kazembe:
… it is undeniable that this scourge has reared its ugly head once again and the level of lawlessness is unfathomable.
More disturbing is the alleged involvement of police in some of the syndicates and abetting the lawlessness. And this cannot surely be allowed to continue.
At times, we find ourselves asking, are these real police officers? Cases where we are witnessing some police officers drunk in uniform and in public are becoming rampant. There is a need to restore discipline among the rank and file.
The Minister also raised the issue of rogue police officers who are colluding with bottle stores and bar outlets resulting in the illegal sale of liquor in violation of COVID-19 regulations.
Meanwhile, Kazembe said the government was aware of the various challenges being faced by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in the execution of its mandate.
He assured the police commanders that concerted efforts were being made by the government to avail the requisite resources which include modern policing technological gadgets and equipment.