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Zim peacekeepers set for South Sudan mission

Story by Peter Chivhima

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police officers who are going on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have been implored to be exemplary and demonstrate high standards of discipline and professional conduct.

A contingent of ten police officers is set to leave for the peacekeeping mission next week.

During a pre-departure briefing in Harare this Thursday, Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga implored officers not to destroy the good reputation that Zimbabwe’s security agents have built over the years during UN peacekeeping missions.

“You should always remember that those who have gone before you have exhibited a high level of commitment, discipline and professionalism that has built the United Nations’ confidence and trust in our police officers. I, therefore, challenge you to emulate them and ensure that you are good ambassadors of your nation. Without a doubt, the process of peacebuilding in countries that have been ravaged by war and disturbances is an enormous task. It is thus incumbent upon you to realise that you are taking a global responsibility. You need to realise that the successful execution of your duties will indeed reverberate throughout the motherland and foster the much-needed peace in the world,” he said.

Commissioner General Matanga also implored the officers to be ambassadors of peace.

“Without a doubt, the process of peacebuilding in countries that have been ravaged by war and disturbances is an enormous task. It is thus incumbent upon you to realise that you are taking a global responsibility.  The fact that you are coming from a peaceful country should inform you of how valuable peace is. As such, it is your responsibility to help the people of South Sudan and Somalia to acquire and enjoy it,” he added.

The South Sudan-bound officers were also reminded not to turn their back on their families considering a sharp rise in divorce cases countrywide.

The ten-member contingent is comprised of five female and five male officers.

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