Police receive MDC-T commendation

The Zimbabwe Republic Police on Monday received a rare commendation from the MDC-T, for strictly keeping law and order at a rally addressed by Prime Minister Tsvangirai in Chitungwiza on Sunday.

Douglas Mwonzora
Douglas Mwonzora

Armed riot police and other security personnel were heavily deployed and patrolled the streets in Chitungwiza all day, allowing Tsvangirai to go ahead with the planned rally.

The same rally had to be cancelled two weeks ago after Zanu (PF) militants hurled stones at MDC-T supporters who were gathered at Chibuku stadium. Following the skirmishes, no-one from Zanu (PF) was arrested, something that most people have come to expect from Zimbabwe’s normally partisan police force.

Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said it was ‘quite refreshing and very unusual’ to see the police keep law and order at an MDC-T rally. He said they wanted to see the same level of alertness and efficiency to be displayed all the time by the police.

“The police were uncharacteristically friendly to the MDC. I have never seen so many police details at our meetings and they were well behaved. It was clear they meant business. They kept trouble makers at bay and ensured those attending the rally were safe. However, it remains to be seen if they will continue to act professionally

because we know their masters (Zanu (PF)) to be good at play acting,” said Mwonzora.

Police spokesman senior assistant commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena declined to comment on the commendation from the MDC-T.

The MDC-T President called on the police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri to ensure all citizens received protection, regardless of their political affiliations.

“The role of police is to maintain law and order. The role of the police is not to be a law unto themselves,” said the PM.

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