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Decentralisation of critical service imperative

Story by Tamuka Charakupa

THE government is set to establish a police station in the border community of Mt Selinda in Chipinge as part of efforts to decentralise critical services to communities.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the police station marks the start of a new era for the people of Mt Selinda who have been lamenting high crime prevalence in the area.

Chief Ngungunyana and other community leaders welcomed the initiative as a critical step towards inclusive development.

“I welcome this new development by the government because it speaks to its inclusivity policy of leaving no one and no place in the development of all issues. It is without doubt that the establishment of this police station will help combat crime,” Chief Ngungunyana said.

“This is a border community where we share almost everything with our neighbours from Mozambique. This development means coordination of security agencies between the two countries will be enhanced,” said a community leader, Chipo Museri.

Another leader, Dr Win Mlambo said, “Of course, we have some police posts here and there but they lacked adequate resources. Going forward, we are looking forward to this new station hoping that it will bridge this gap and ensure that we create a crime-free community.”

Authorities believe the initiative is key in decentralising critical services.

“As Manicaland province, we welcome this development by the government because it dovetails with the mantra of President Mnangagwa that of leaving no one and no place behind,” said the Permanent Secretary for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Abiot Marongwe.

Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Deputy Commissioner General Dr Mind Eliot Ngirande said, “The idea to come up with a police station in this area which has a border post at Mt Selinda, has come at a time when the Zimbabwe Republic Police, together with other regional currently strategising to tame the scourge of transnational organised crime. It is common cause that one of the widely utilised routes to commit such crimes is through insecure border posts.”

“As a ministry, we are pleased to inform this community that we are going to establish a police station as a response to the complaints that we are receiving as far as policing is concerned,” said the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Honourable Chido Sanyatwe.

Decentralisation of critical services is being prioritised by the Second Republic under the National Development Strategy One’s Devolution and Decentralisation cluster.

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