Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has come under fire over his weekend remarks that “puppets without war credentials will not rule Zimbabwe”.
The MDC-T has called for his immediate resignation saying his views were likely to cause violence and intimidation in the next elections.
Chihuri told recruit officers last week that he wanted to mould patriotic officers who understood the country’s liberation struggle. Yesterday the MDC-T said Chihuri should just leave the police force to concentrate on Zanu PF politics full time.
“He should just leave the police force and take up a post in politics as a Zanu PF fanatic rather than masquerade as a top public service officer expected to work for all in an inclusive, just and fair custom,” said the MDC-T in a statement posted on its website.
“No police officer anywhere in the world would survive a day longer in public office if they display an openly partisan and biased view of the society he is employed to serve.”
Chihuri told the officers to “vote wisely” come next year’s elections.
“Officers must vote wisely and must consider that this country came through the barrel of a gun and we will never allow puppets to lead us,” Chihuri said.
“This country came through blood and the barrel of the gun and it can never be re-colonised through a simple pen, which costs as little as five cents,” he said.
Chihuri joins several other Zanu PF officials, including Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa who have vowed that the MDC-T will not rule the country even if they won the elections pencilled for next year.
Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo over the weekend also told party supporters in Matabeleland that his party would not cede power even if they lost an election.
The party said the people were already under siege from persistent Zanu PF calls for elections amid divisive campaign jingles frequently churned out on national television and intimidating speech by party officials.