OPPOSITION parties have described the Wednesday shootout at Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri’s residence as a manifestation of gross indiscipline within the entire force.
Calls for President Mnangagwa to fire Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri have grown louder following the incident.
There was a three-hour shootout at Chihuri’s house after a rogue officer guarding the residence turned against his peers following reports that he had been caught red-handed trying to steal from his boss.
For a long time, opposition parties and ordinary citizens have been complaining that ZRP’s behaviour leaves a lot to be desired. Recently during the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chihuri was booed by the crowd, accusing ZRP of indiscipline among others.
“This just shows the levels of indiscipline in our police force. We actually have a police force that over the years has degenerated into a rag-tag organisation with absolutely no discipline, no respect for people’s fundamental rights and liberty,” MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said.
“Indiscipline crept in a long time ago and it was caused by the failure to periodically renew the top leadership of the police force in order to have new ideas. Chihuri has been at the helm for the past 26 years and nowhere else in the world had this happened.”
Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume said such indiscipline has contributed to Zimbabwe’s problems.
“It confirms what all Zimbabweans have known all this time that our police are undisciplined. This is what has gotten us where we are today. The people need to decisively end this by making sure that we change the system by electing a new government next year,” Ngarivhume said.
National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Madock Chivasa said: “We believe that there is more to the shooting than the story that is being told. There is need for those in authority to be truthful as there is a lot of untold things associated with the shooting.”
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said the shooting should be investigated and satisfactorily explained.
“The shooting unravelled the level of indiscipline within the police force. The MDC has been calling for the resignation or dismissal of Chihuri for some time. We are reiterating our call for President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa to dismiss Chihuri if they are dreaming of having a professional and disciplined force.”
During President Mnangagwa’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium in Harare late last month, members of the public booed Chihuri when he arrived at the stadium. As if that was not enough, when the extremely hated police boss took to the stage to pledge his allegiance to the new leader.
There also have been reports that Chihuri and his deputy, Innocent Matibili, who is former President Mugabe’s cousin, allegedly agreed to assemble a 100-member police force comprising of senior police officers from the CID department as well as members of the CIO to arrest Defence forces commander Constantino Chiwenga upon his arrival from China after Mnangagwa had been unfairly dismissed from government and Zanu PF by Mugabe who had ruled this country and destroyed it to the core.
Last week, War veterans in Mashonaland West also petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fire police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri saying he has no place in the new political dispensation.
At a meeting held at Makonde district administrator’s boardroom, the over 50 war veterans’ representatives from all districts in the province accused Chihuri of failing to ensure police remit fines to treasury as stipulated by the Constitution.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association provincial vice-chairperson Morgan Chipanga said Chihuri should tell the country where the money collected by the police was channelled to, arguing that it was neither used for the welfare of the police officers nor remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
“Comrades, let’s not beat about the bush. Chihuri should be accountable to the money collected by the police and must tell the nation how the money was used. He must be fired with immediate effect. The country is waiting for that answer,” Chipanga said.