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ZRP sets up special desk for Chinese


HARARE – The Zimbabwe government has ordered the police to set up a dedicated desk to offer special treatment and service to Chinese nationals in the country, ZimOnline has learnt.

The Chinese Desk will handle all cases involving Chinese nationals and is expected to be equipped with the latest technology and enough resources to ensure cases are dealt with expeditiously.

A team of some of the police’s best investigators, who will man the desk, are already being taught Mandarin by instructors brought from China, authoritative sources said.

Already, a special counter to deal with Chinese nationals has been set up at the biggest police station in the capital, Harare Central police station.

“The Police Commissioner (Augustine Chihuri) set up this desk under instructions from politicians who felt the Chinese should be given special treatment as they are contributing a lot to Zimbabwe’s economy. Every case involving a Chinese national is dealt with by this desk,” said a senior police officer, who did not want to be named because he is not allowed to disclose such information to the Press.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said the desk was being created to “assist our brothers” (Chinese) because they were being specifically targeted by thieves.

Mohadi said: “It is being carried out in good faith, the idea being to assist our brothers who had complained about being targeted by some criminals because they are known to be investing in the country. In any case, I am yet to meet any other foreigner who has been denied police protection.” – ZimOnline

N’angas join exodus

HARARE – Traditional and faith healers have joined the mass exodus to South Africa, leaving Zimbabweans with little or no access to either modern medicine or traditional practices.

The n’angas have reportedly found lucrative markets in Limpopo province among the Venda, while others are doing a brisk trade in Johannesburg, where they are proving to be popular with the local community.

They are cheaper than those from South and East Africa, and allow their patients to pay in gadgets such as televesions, fridges and cellphones – considered more convenient by the customers.

With most of Zimbabwe’s hospitals and clinics desperately short of nurses, doctors and supplies, many people had turned to traditional healers for treatment, especially the terminally ill.

Magoni Kuzvireva known as VaZavora, a traditional healer from Zaka in Masvingo now stationed in Tembisa said: “My patients back are complaining why I left them

but I had to come to look for greener pastures as the economic situation in Zimbabwe is making it difficult for my patients to pay. I have managed to open my small

muti shop here.” – CAJ News

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