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Chihuri term of office indefinite — Mohadi

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There is no set term limit for Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and President Robert Mugabe has sole discretion to remove him, Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi said yesterday.
Chihuri’s term of office has been the subject of tense debate within the inclusive government, with Zanu PF resisting any moves to retire him. The two MDC parties were however pushing for the appointment of a new police chief.
The parties argued that Chihuri has overstayed his welcome. He was appointed police commissioner in 1993 for a four-year term but since the expiry of his term of office in 1997 his mandate has been extended every 12 months.
MDC-M secretary general Welshman Ncube said Chihuri’s reappointment should be done within the confines of the unity agreement.
“Any senior officer who has to be appointed will have the consent of the president, his vice, the prime minister and his deputies,” Ncube said.
“If he does not have term limits then we have to wait until he resigns.”
MDC-T national spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said if the need arose to replace Chihuri, the GPA had to be followed.
“It hasn’t come to our attention that there is a vacancy,” Chamisa said.
The two partners in the inclusive government also argued that policing in the country had lost credibility as a result of failure by the police to institute reforms aimed at cleaning the force’s “bad-boy” image.
However, Mohadi said the decision to renew Chihuri’s tenure rested solely with President Mugabe.
“The Commissioner General of the police was appointed by the President (Mugabe). When he was appointed, there was no issue of term limits.
“He was simply appointed as the Commissioner-General and one wonders where the issue of the terms of office comes from.
“The President, as the one that appointed him (Chihuri) will have to make a decision when he terminates that appointment for whatever reasons,” the minister said.
He said term limits did not apply to Chihuri since he had been elevated from the post of Commissioner of Police to that of Commissioner General.
“The new appointment to Commissioner General does not come with five-year terms at all. Those terms apply to other officials whose ranks are lower than that of Chihuri,” Mohadi added.

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