Chihuri calls for police patriotism with Zanu (PF)
ROBERT MUgabe's partisan Police Commisssioner-General Augustine Chihuri has rallied the police to be patriotic and support Zanu (PF) initiated policies and programmes.
He said the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) will continue to support the land reform and indigenization programmes despite being vilified by the private media and civic society organisations.
Speaking Thursday during a pass out parade of 441 police "recruits" at Morris depot that was also attended by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantine Chiwenga, Chihuri said the ZRP was a people’s police force, "a shining beacon in upholding the rights and freedoms of the citizenry." Chihuri is a self-confessed Zanu (PF) supporter who has been labelled by Mugabe's partners in the coalition government as biased towards Zanu (PF).
The police Commissioner General whose speech was full of Bible quotes said supporting indigenization and the land reform programmes was in line with the police force’s motto "Pro-Lege, Pro Patria, Pro-Populo," which means for the law, for the country, for the people.
"I am aware that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is being vilified for supporting people oriented policies by the government such as the indigenization and the land reform programme. However, as an organisation, we shall continue to support these policies despite the unwarranted smear campaign. Even the Holy Bible in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 3 verse 19 enjoins us to support our leaders who jealously fight and safe guard out heritage when it says I quote," how gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation. I thought you would call me father and not turn away from following me," Chihuri said.
The Police chief also said the current drafting of a new constitution that will lead to the holding of a referendum and general elections was being closely monitored and followed by countries and institutions that wish Zimbabwe to be declared a police state among other degrading names.
He is expected to walk the talk by ensuring that his call for a tranquil and peaceful environment before, during and after the elections will be adhered to since he has in the past reneged on such calls.
Chihuri also took the opportunity to castigate public transport drivers for flouting traffic regulations through speeding, disobeying traffic signals, picking passengers at undesignated points and overloading.
He appealed to the public to play the role of traffic police officers to guarantee safety and orderliness in the roads.
Chihuri also called on the graduands to shun corruption.
"The society considers you, and rightly so, to be reservoirs of honesty, uprightness and austerity. To this extent, you should uphold the virtues of morality by guarding against being corrupted by unruly members of the society. The book of Titus Chapter 1 verses 7-8 is instructive in this regard when it says and I quote, since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless not overbearing, not quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, and who is self controlled, upright, holy and disciplined." - The Zimbabwean