ZRP = Zanu (PF) militia

chihuri_augustineRecently the police commissioner, Augustine Chihuri,(Pictured) attacked The Zimbabwean and its editor for publishing stories about police partisanship against the MDC and other democratic forces.

In his denunciations, he denied that the Zimbabwe Republic Police were in any way partisan and insisted that they were a professional force as evidenced by the selection of some officers to serve with the UN peace-keeping forces.

We accept that there are some policemen remaining in the ZRP who wish to do a professional job of maintaining law and order without fear or favour.

However, there is now irrefutable evidence that Chihuri is targeting these police professionals and trying to get rid of them.

The report in this issue about a directive from police general headquarters to all police stations, instructing them to bar supporters of Bishop Chad Gandiya from conducting services in Anglican Churches throughout Harare, is shocking.

Copies of the directive have been widely circulated to media organisations so there is no denying it.

This order is despite a High Court ruling that the excommunicated Nolbert Kunonga faction must share the church premises with the authentic Anglican Congregation headed by Gandiya.

It is well known that Kunonga is an active and vociferous Zanu (PF) supporter. So is Chihuri.

Our lead story in this issue reveals a directive to all police stations to root out any policemen sympathetic to the MDC. There is no mention about any policemen who are not only sympathetic to Zanu (PF) but who are active members, and carry out their policing duties in a disgracefully partisan manner.

We would have thought that with an inclusive government supposedly running the country, the spirit of inclusivity would be extended to all government departments, including the police. This is evidently not the case and the ZRP under Chihuri has turned itself into nothing more than a Zanu (PF) militia.


For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the LORD your Redeemer. Isaiah 54, vs 7-8

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