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Security sector still partisan — Makone


Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone has revealed that the security sector in Zimbabwe still has a partisan mentality against the spirit of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

The revelation comes at a time the security sector reforms have flatly failed to take place as required under the GPA, which saw rivals President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai forming the Government of National Unity (GNU) some two years ago.

The GPA stipulates that parties in the GNU should ensure all government institutions and organs operate within the confines of the law and in an unbiased manner to serve all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation.

In a recent interview, Makone said the GNU had dismally failed to reform the biased mentality within the security forces in the country.

She said the organs still operated in favour of the former ruling Zanu PF.

“Nothing has been done so far to reposition the biased mentality in the army, police and Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO),” Makone said.

“This is an indication that the GPA has not yet been fully implemented. For the country to stabilise and progress politically and economically, biased mentality in the security sector has to be removed.”

Another co-minister of Home Affairs, Kembo Mohadi declined to comment when NewsDay contacted him. “I do not want to talk to you. I am on holiday, try the office,” he said.

Makone’s statement comes amid concerns by the Zimbabwe Europe Network (Zen), an international non-governmental organisation, that the Zimbabwean government had failed to restore the rule of law in the past two years it has been in existence.

Zen said the country had serious problems trying to depoliticise operations of the security sector and to some extent, of the judiciary.

“Zen is deeply worried that selective prosecutions of human rights defenders and political activists, including MDC officials, continues and has increased. The judiciary remains partisan, and the security sector is answerable only to President Mugabe and Zanu PF-controlled ministries.

“The Joint Operations Command (JOC) has not been disbanded and most institutions of state remain militarised with impunity against human rights abusers continuing,” read part of the Zen statement.

The organisation claimed the 2008 cases of politically-motivated violence have still not been investigated by police, even when perpetrators were known and had been named by victims.

“Fresh reports of Zanu PF militia bases at or near schools and other gathering places in the rural areas are emerging. This is worrying given the violent and intimidating role the militia played in 2008 elections” said Zen.

Makone told NewsDay the GNU banked its hope of restoring security to normal operations on the guidelines and recommendations given by South African President Jacob Zuma in the road map to the country’s next national elections.

Zuma is yet to come up with a roadmap towards the holding of elections and full implementation of the GPA after the negotiators from three parties sent a report detailing concerns over outstanding issues in the GPA ahead of imminent elections.

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