Friday, September 16, 2011

(HERALD) Co-Minister Makone hails police force

Co-Minister Makone hails police force
Friday, 16 September 2011 02:00
Herald Reporters

HOME Affairs Co-Minister Theresa Makone yesterday lauded the Zimbabwe Republic Police as a disciplined and professional force. This is a major climbdown by an MDC-T senior official, whose party for a long time has been condemning the force.

Minister Makone said while the media had portrayed the ZRP as an unprofessional body, the force was indeed a professional entity that was a "source of pride". The Minister said this during a welcome reception for the ZRP team that brought 55 medals from the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-orporation Organisation held in the DRC recently.

Minister Makone said she was happy that the force had continued to raise the country's flag high. She lauded it as a disciplined force.

"ZRP has been quoted in some sections of the media for wrongdoing but today we are happy that this is a disciplined force because without discipline, you will have not achieved results like these," she said.

MDC-T has been at the forefront of castigating the ZRP as an unprofessional unit, accusing it of applying the law selectively.

The party's chief whip, Mr Innocent Gonese has since come up with amendments to the Public Order and Security Act, which seeks to limit powers of the police.

The Bill, which sailed through the House of Assembly, was shot down in Senate after it emerged that it was not consistent with the spirit of the Global Political Agreement. In presenting the Bill, Mr Gonese submitted that POSA, as currently constituted conferred too much powers to the police.

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