Friday, May 23, 2008

Mugabe lauds police

Mugabe lauds police
By George Chellah in Harare, Zimbabwe
Friday May 23, 2008 [04:00]

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Wednesday said the March 29 elections were marred with a disturbing phenomenal of massive electoral fraud and commended the police for bringing culprits to book. Addressing the police during a pass out parade at Harare’s Morris Depot, President Mugabe commended police and the defence forces for maintaining peace and security throughout the entire pre and post election period.

“I would like to commend Zimbabweans for the peace and calm we maintained, thus exhibiting political maturity and tolerance, thus putting to shame the prophets of doom who had condemned us long before the elections. Indeed, except for a few isolated cases of violence, which the police have efficiently dealt with, we continue to enjoy peace and stability,” President Mugabe said. “Regrettably, underneath the peace that prevailed, there was a disturbing phenomena of massive electoral fraud that reared its ugly, monstrous head.

As investigations and court cases have shown, this emanated largely from the unashamed efforts of opposition supporters, aided by their international partners, to achieve their long-sought-after goal of regime change.”

He commended the security institutions for investigating and bringing to book those who were found guilty.

President Mugabe said this year had presented the police with numerous challenges largely emanating from the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

He wondered why Zimbabweans should be subjected to suffering just because they had refused to surrender to foreign domination and more importantly reverse the land reform programme.

President Mugabe also urged the police to continue maintaining law and order on the farms as well.

He also said the government’s thrust was to increase the police force from the current 36,000 to 50,000.

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