|Exercise tolerance, says VP Mujuru|
|Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00|
Bulawayo BureauVICE-President Joice Mujuru yesterday urged Zimbabweans and political parties to exercise tolerance and reject violence in the run-up to the constitution referendum and harmonised elections. Speaking at a pass-out parade at Ntabazinduna Police Depot, where 378 recruits graduated, VP Mujuru encouraged political parties and individuals to exercise the virtue of tolerance by championing the call for violence-free elections.
“The country is in the process of finalising the drafting of our constitution, which is going to be followed by a referendum and general elections. These processes are vital in affording our people the opportunity to voice their opinion and as such, we should shun all forms of violence,” said VP Mujuru.
Government, she said, was committed to economically empowering Zimbabweans and every citizen had an important part to play to ensure everyone benefited from indigenisation.
Accordingly, police officers, like every other Zimbabwean should benefit,” she said.
“Okhokho basitshiyela ilifa, asililondolozele izizukulwane ezizayo,” said VP Mujuru, drawing applause from the crowd for her efforts to speak in IsiNdebele.
The VP said the country was progressive at present due to the supreme sacrifices made by both the living and departed gallant sons and daughters of the soil.
VP Mujuru commended the police force for continuously supporting people-focused Government programmes.
She said she was impressed by the fact that 84 of the 378 graduating recruits were female, representing 22 percent of the graduands.
“I would like to encourage female police officers and, indeed, all Zimbabwean women, to scale great heights in their relevant professions by transcending societal barriers which relegate them to menial duties.”
They have come together and they fight not for the private interests of a few individuals or a narrow clique, but for the interests of the people and of the whole nation.
The sole purpose of this force is to stand firmly with the people and serve them whole-heartedly.”
Dignitaries who attended the event included police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Governor and Resident Minister of Matabeleland North, Thokozile Mathuthu, Minister of Mines and Mining Development Dr Obert Mpofu, Co-Ministers of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone, Senator for Bubi-Umguza Lot Mbambo, senior officers from the armed forces, traditional leaders and captains of industry.