Cops responsible for violence: NCA

In a week that saw political violence in Hatcliffe and police cordoning off streets of Harare and tear-gassing civilians, the National Constitution Assembly has blamed the police for being at the forefront of perpetrating violence.

People running for cover from teargas in Harare last week.
People running for cover from teargas in Harare last week.

“We wish to register our disappointment at the partisan manner in which the police are dealing with the issue of political violence. Instead of ensuring that there is peace in the country they are busy perpetrating violence and are acting as an extension of Zanu PF through selective application of the law,” said NCA spokesman Madock Chivasa.

Civil organisations and political parties have in the past described the police as partisan and statements by the police chief Augustine Chihuri and other senior officers such as Edmore Veterai, officer commanding Matebeleland North, that they support Zanu PF has confirmed these misgivings.

“We want to remind the police that they should act in a professional manner and those who want to participate in political activities must leave the police force and join politics,” said Chivasa.

“We call upon all principals in this inefficient administration to advise their followers to stop using violence. Zimbabweans are a peace-loving people and we want to live in peace and unity.”

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