Zimbabwe withdraws military hands back law enforcement to police


As Operation Restore Legacy comes to an end, it is our hope as your Defence and Security Services that our people will remain united, shun corruption, be law abiding and focus on working hard for the development of our country. In this regard, we are all reminded by what the President said in his inaugural speech at the National Sports Stadium on 24 November 2017 and I quote “As we focus on recovering our economy, we must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past. Acts of corruption must stop forthwith. Where these occur swift justice must be served to show each and all that crime and other acts of economic sabotage can only guarantee ruin to perpetrators”

Furthermore, your Defence and Security Services would like to remind all Zimbabweans to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious objects and individuals to law enforcement agents. This is because some of the members of the G40 cabal that had surrounded the former Head of State are now bad-mouthing the country from foreign lands where their intentions to harm the peace and tranquility that exist in our country have been pronounced. It is, therefore, the duty of every Zimbabwean to ensure that these malcontents and saboteurs and others of like mind are not allowed to succeed.

Today as the Defence Forces handover all normal day to day policing duties to the Zimbabwe Republic Police we to urge all our citizens to allow for a smooth transition

Members of the public are urged to respect, support and cooperate with the Police as they execute their constitutional mandate.

On the other hand, the Zimbabwe Republic Police are expected to fully take over their responsibilities and perform according to their constitutional mandate and Client Service Charter.

As I conclude my statement which I make on behalf of the Defence and Security Services, I want to once again thank all our citizens and salute you for your resilience which has gotten us to where we are today as a nation, despite the many challenges that have confronted us. It is our belief that with clearer and better coordinated plans for the resuscitation of our economy, coupled with the existence of peace and political stability, our combined efforts to turnaround our economy will pay dividends in the very near future.

Further, as we prepare for the elections in 2018, it is our wish that the campaigning and the voting itself on the day, takes place in an environment of peace and tranquility. And here again I want to quote the President where he said in his closing remarks to the ZANU PF Extra-Ordinary Congress on 15 December 2017, ” I would also urge our members to remain peaceful before and after elections. We do not condone any acts of violence”

Let us all work for a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe.

Thank you Zimbabwe; and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


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