POLICE yesterday said they would descend heavily on perpetrators of political violence, regardless of party affiliation, as the country gears for next year’s harmonised elections.
Addressing senior police officers at a function to welcome a 15-member local police contingent returning from a United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor and South Sudan yesterday, Deputy Commissioner-General (responsible for administration) Godwin Matanga urged political leaders to rein in their supporters.
“I wish to assure the country that ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) will be equal to the job at hand,” he said. “The organisation will not fold its arms and watch lawlessness being perpetrated against peace-loving Zimbabweans. Perpetrators of violence will be brought to book regardless of political status or affiliation.”
Matanga urged the returning officers to use their experience to inspire other fellow police officers in discharging their duties for the good of the country.
Police have in the past been accused by mostly the MDC formations of being biased towards Zanu PF.