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Top cop warns corrupt officers

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MUTARE A senior Mutare police officer has vowed to weed out police officers engaged in corrupt activities, saying the vice had tainted the image of the force.

Addressing a one-day Manicaland Community Relations Liaison Officers workshop held at Mutare Hall at the weekend, Assistant Commissioner Edward Mbewe said his office would work closely with the provincial anti-corruption committee to curb the vice.

His remarks came hardly two days after NewsDay carried a report where senior police officers in the province were linked to smuggling of second-hand clothes and other commodities from Mozambique.

It would be naive for me not to say something about the scourge of corruption, said Mbewe.
I know your duties involve mainly interacting with people and chances are very high to be tempted into corrupt activities.

You are all aware that we now have a provincial anti-corruption committee which is mandated to ensure that corruption of whatever form will never be given any breathing space within the province. I urge you to remain upright, sincere, honest and be true ambassadors of the province, the view mirror from which the public see us.

The provincial anti-corruption committee has already arrested some police officers in the province, including a Nyanga-based police inspector who was recently hauled before the courts for allegedly stealing fines.

The workshop was attended by members of the community liaison section from all stations in the province.

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