By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says all criminal elements disturbing order and derailing the rebuilding of the country’s economy will be brought to book.
Addressing members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police at the handover ceremony of motor vehicles bought by the government to capacitate the police force, President Mnangagwa warned the police to start uprooting corruption in its camp.
“Crime, by its nature and diverse forms, retards the normal functioning of society, requiring intervention by law enforcement authorities, the broader security establishment, citizens and the business community, among others.
“Perpetrators of crimes and offenders must thus be firmly dealt with in order to curb crime, deviance and illicit behaviour. Criminals must never be given any breathing space to commit their illegal, immoral and even wicked acts.
“I compel you, therefore, to bring all criminals to book, including those within in the Police Service. Your own house must be above reproach. Under the Second Republic, effective policing must be rooted in integrity, commitment to duty, professionalism, accountability, transparency, loyalty and patriotism,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa noted that crime in the country is on the rise and ordered the police patrol system to be resuscitated.
“This particular vehicle fleet I am commissioning today comes at a time when the nation has witnessed a worrying surge in crimes. This fleet should therefore boost the operational effectiveness and visibility of the
Zimbabwe Republic Police as it responds to criminal activities and fosters a safe and secure environment for all.
“Activities such as night patrols should be resuscitated across our communities in both rural and urban areas. I am cognisant that these vehicles will not cover all the transport needs of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, but will undoubtedly ameliorate the organisation’s current mobility challenges.
“The distribution of these vehicles must be inspired and informed by our Devolution principles and in line with our mantra of leaving no one and no place behind,” he said.
The handover ceremony comes a few months after the Second Republic enhanced the Police fleet with a batch of fifty vehicles at the same time, Sakunda Holdings recently chipped in with a donation of five high powered vehicles dedicated to the Criminal Investigation Department, for the fight against armed robberies.