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Police vow to deal with violence

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police yesterday pledged to come up with a roadmap for dealing with violence during the forthcoming elections to ensure there is peace and stability.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Clement Munoriarwa said the move would enable the police force to effectively deal with political violence.

He was speaking when he appeared before the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Human Rights chaired by Zaka Senator Misheck Marava (MDC-T) to explain how police were dealing with incidents of political violence.

Munoriarwa was standing in for Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri who failed to attend as he was officiating at a passout parade with Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

“The police commissioner-general will address the nation and highlight what the police are going to do to deal with incidents of political violence when elections get close,” said Munoriarwa.

Munoriarwa told the committee the police had acted on all incidents of violence that had been reported. Although he failed to give any figures of arrests, he said everything was under control and there was a very significant decrease in violence in the country.

He denied allegations the police force was partisan, adding they discharged their duties professionally.

“It is very unfortunate members of the public tend to develop this kind of thinking because as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like selective application of the law.

The fact that one person is arrested and the other is not does not mean there is selective application of the law,” he said.

Quizzed on what action was taken on perpetrators of violence outside Parliament during the official opening of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament and the Human Rights Commission Bill public hearings in July this year, Munoirarwa said investigations were still ongoing.

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