Timely boost for ZRP

by | Aug 20, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Hosia Mviringi


President Emmerson Mnangagwa has handed over a fleet of 80 vehicles to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, as the force seeks to intensity its efforts in combating crime.

Officiating the handover ceremony at Morris Depot in Harare, President Mnangagwa said fighting crime requires all hands on deck.

President Mnangagwa said there should be zero tolerance for crime in our society.

“Perpetrators of crime and offenders must thus be firmly dealt with in order to curb crime, deviance and illicit behaviour. Criminals must never be given any breathing space to commit their illegal, immoral and even wicked acts,” said President Mnangagwa.

Today’s hand over of vehicles to the police comes after the President presented another batch of 50 police cars only a few months ago.

“This particular vehicle fleet I am commissioning today comes at a time when the nation has witnessed a worrying surge in crimes. This fleet should therefore boost the operational effectiveness and visibility of the Zimbabwe Republic Police as it responds to criminal activities and fosters a safe and secure environment for all,” President Mnangagwa said.

Lately the police have engaged in battles with armed criminals in Bulawayo and other parts of the country, mostly against organised gangs which use high powered vehicles stolen from South Africa. The police, despite mobility challenges have always risen to the occasion and managed to emerge on top of the situation.

These vehicles will this improve response times to distress calls by members of the public whenever criminal activities have been noted.

President Mnangagwa promised his government’s continued commitment to see a well resourced police force for improved motivation to do their best in their profession.

“I compel you therefore, to bring all criminals to book, including those within the Police Service. Your own house mist be above reproach. Under the Second Republic, effective policing most be rooted in integrity, commitment to dity, professionalism, accountability, transparency, loyalty and patriotism,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa promised to provide helicopters to the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the next two years for aerial surveillance and back up operations for crime detection and prevention units.

“I am alive to the fact that modern day law enforcement requires a wide array of resources beyond the vehicles we are handing over today. In this respect, my administration stands ready to replenish and broaden the various capabilities of the Zimbabwe Republic Police”.

The police officers were warned to shun the practice of abusing service vehicles and equipment saying such practices are deplorable and have no place in the Second Republic.