Government urges ZRP urged to remain vigilant

By Wellington Makonese
GOVERNMENT has urged the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to continue maintaining law and order for the country to attract investment critical for the realisation of the vision of an upper-middle economy by 2030.
The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Cde Kazembe Kazembe says the police service is key for economic growth, hence the need for officers to strive to maintain peace in the country.
He was speaking in Bindura this Thursday following a police blitz which saw over 900 illegal miners being arrested this week in Mashonaland Central Province alone.
The illegal miners are partly to blame for leakages in the mining sector through engaging in illegal operations including terror campaigns by machete-wielding armed gangs.
“We have to make sure our environment is peaceful. So this organisation is very critical can only be able to realize vision 2030 if there is peace. It poses several policy implementation obligations commitment and modernized systems,” he said.
ZRP Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga spoke on the need to tighten security through such initiatives as mounting roadblocks to reduce criminal activities.
“We are saying there should be an assistant inspector because a roadblock is a police station…,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Kazembe toured the police provincial headquarters and the Registrar’s offices where he revealed modalities being implemented to address passport acquisition challenges.
“I have been talking to the Registrar General and treasury and we have given ourselves a target of 3 months to clear,” he said.
The visit to Mashonaland Central Province by Minister Kazembe and ZRP Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga follows reports of increased criminal activities in mineral-rich districts.