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No to devolution:Chihuri

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VUMBA — Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri yesterday urged senior police officers to reject the new constitution if it has provisions for devolution of power.

REPORT BY OBEY MANAYITI STAFF REPORTER

Officially opening the Senior Officers’ Conference, Chihuri said those calling for the alternative system of governance were unpatriotic.

“We know that there are foreign elements that are trying to infiltrate our country,” he said.

“I urge you to throw away this notion of devolution that is coming from some quarters in this country.

“Devolution means division. What are we devolving for? What is the problem of being one?”

Chihuri told senior officers to do all they could to ensure devolution did not see the light of day.

“I urge you to refuse that,” he said. “If I had the privilege of continuing being the Commissioner General, I will not preside over any division of this nature, never!”

He said police were ready to deal with political violence during the forthcoming referendum on the constitution and general elections.

Chihuri also took aim at Finance minister Tendai Biti for allegedly underfunding the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

“Despite meagre financial resources we are getting, we have been able to excel,” he claimed.

“There is a hand of yesteryear enemy in this underfunding.

“In 2012 and in the Blue Book (Budget allocation) we were allocated $38 million, but actually got $7 million.”

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