Police force must be neutral

Dear Editor
Reference is made to Saturday’s issue of my beloved NewsDay copy headlined “PM Tsvangirai, cops face off”.
I read with deep grief the way the police handle the Right Honourable PM. There seems to be some form of partiality in the way MDC-T and Zanu PF are treated as far as holding rallies is concerned.
The argument that the police are committed with Comesa issues and that they do not have enough manpower is a pretext as the real issue is that they do not want the rally to go ahead according to the MDC-T plan.
The police force needs to act in a professional way and distance itself from main line politics as it seems to allow only one party the space to hold rallies without any hassles.
I have never read of any attempts by the police to block a single Zanu PF gathering. Does this mean that Zanu PF is the only party that adheres to police requirements as far as holding rallies is concerned? Does this mean MDC, especially the one led by the PM, always flouts the regulations?
I would be happy if the powers-that-be in the police do something so that our beloved Zimbabwe is not put to shame by only a few individuals who think they are supernatural.
What shocks me is that the Home Affairs ministry is headed by two ministers from the two parties and such things still happen day in day out.
Is (Theresa) Makone playing second fiddle to (Kembo) Mohadi?
I think these two ministers need to work out something with the police Commissioner General (Augustine) Chihuri so that even national healing that is being preached by the principals in the GPA can be a success.
The police have to be independent and the force should be reformed.
Takosha, Zengeza 4

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