Police commit to assist missing persons’ families

Approximately 700 families of missing persons from all over the world are meeting to share their experiences and inspiration.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it takes cases involving missing persons seriously and is making strides to assist relatives in search of their loved ones in and outside the country.Local police made the commitment on Wednesday as Zimbabwe commemorated the International Conference for Families of Missing Persons, a unique forum that brings together families whose loved ones went missing due to conflicts, migration, or other circumstances beyond their control.Zimbabwe has recorded several cases of missing persons including political and human rights activists such as Itai Dzamara and Patrick Nabanyama, among others.Approximately 700 families of missing persons from all over the world are meeting to share their experiences and inspiration.Speaking at the conference hosted by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in Harare, ZRP Assistant Commissioner Crispen Lifa said it was their mandate to ensure that thorough investigations for missing persons are carried out.He urged citizens to report all cases of missing persons at their nearest police stations to expedite investigations.“Whether it's a missing person within the borders of Zimbabwe or it’s a missing person beyond the borders, police officers are there to assist and investigate.“In most cases we are dealing with someone who has gone beyond the borders, we engage our Interpol and they ensure that they make follow-ups,” Lifa said.Zimbabwe Red Cross Society secretary-general Elias Hwenga  said the event marked a significant milestone in their joint efforts to provide solace, support, and crucial information to families affected by the heart wrenching experience of missing loved ones.“This conference offers a unique opportunity for families to be part of a global solidarity network, providing strength through unity.“This platform will also provide a chance for dialogues with Red Cross and Red Crescent practitioners globally, allowing an understanding of search processes and associated challenges,” Hwenga said in a speech read on his behalf by the society’s human resources and administration director, Geshum Hombarume.He said the meeting served as a platform for government to re-establish connections with families and provide moral support even in the absence of immediate updates.

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