UPDATED: We lost public trust due to waywardness: ZRP

Acting Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga

Acting Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga

Freeman Razemba Crime Reporter—
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday admitted to inadequate supervision and unbecoming behaviour by some members as having eroded public trust, faith and confidence in the force. Addressing senior officers in Harare yesterday, Acting Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga said they would not hesitate to resuscitate the National Development Committee and to empower the Inspectorate Unit to enhance supervision of police activities at all levels.

“There is a well-known Shona saying that, ‘kugona chivi kuzvituka’, may I, therefore, urge all of us to self-introspect, accept that our challenges emanate from lack of or inadequate supervision and unbecoming actions by some of our members, which have no doubt eroded public trust, faith and confidence in the police service,” he said.

“The young police officers need our constant and regular guidance so that they do not stray and malign the good name and image of the police service.” Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said refresher, developmental and induction courses would be conducted with renewed vigour so that all officers had in-depth knowledge of police work.

Customer satisfaction, professionalism, respect, courteousness and restraint, Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said, would be the epitome of all police activities. “As we thank the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa for bestowing his trust on us to continue serving as members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, I urge you not to abuse this trust,” said Acting Comm-Gen Matanga. “Never should we act contrary to the oaths we took to serve the people of Zimbabwe with unbending fortitude, professionalism and loyalty.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police shall never again work in manners that will make it lose confidence and trust of the people it serves. When the people speak, we ought to listen attentively. Need I remind you of the well publicised message from His Excellency, President E.D Mnangagwa that the voice of the people is the voice of God?” Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said they were going to roll out a battery of measures to improve their way of doing business in order to connect with the people.

He assured the nation that the ZRP would be heavily deployed, patrolling all communities both urban and rural. Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said they would also be conducting traffic awareness campaigns in an effort to curb road carnage and encouraging members of the public to drive safely on the roads.

He said President Mnangagwa assured the nation that the forthcoming elections would be conducted in a peaceful and democratic environment, so it was the role of the police to facilitate the provisioning of such envisaged environment. “Let us wholeheartedly rally behind the new Government’s efforts of rebuilding a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe,” said Acting Comm-Gen Matanga.

“May I implore all of you to follow proper communication channels and keep yourselves abreast of pronouncements by Government, its policies and trajectory. I am hopeful that you derive benefit from the President’s inaugural speech and the maiden speech by our minister (Cde Obert Mpofu) we sent all of you (senior officers) recently.”

Acting Comm-Gen Matanga applauded the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for closely partnering the ZRP throughout Operation Restore Legacy. He said the concerns of members of the public were now common knowledge and most of concerns arose from traffic law enforcement. “Complaints are double-pronged,” he said. “Firstly, they serve as a feedback from the users of our service and secondly they are an indicator of matters that need to be addressed in our planning and implementation strategies.

“That, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, like most modern police organisations, derive their legitimacy from the people is beyond doubt. As an organisation, we long accepted this viewpoint and committed ourselves to continuous learning under public scrutiny.”

He added: “Indeed, our Code of Conduct, the Police Client Service Charter and all our policies emphasise the need for professionalism in the discharge of our policing mandate at all times.” Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said the force had been tarnished through continued acts of corruption by unscrupulous elements in their midst.

“In this regard, the Zimbabwe Republic Police shall enhance swift justice to perpetrators of corruption and other criminal acts through undertaking thorough investigations.” The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner-Generals Innocent Matibiri (human resources), Levie Sibanda (operations) and Josephine Shambare (crime), commissioners, senior assistant commissioners and assistant commissioners.

 

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  • CT

    Mistakes, restraint, traffic police are #### setting roadblocks for the sheer purpose to squeeze. Money from motorists.
    Since Operation Legacy, roads & Highways have been fresh to use and no matter how you say you will try to teach them public relations, no way. They are #### and will remain so

  • Cecil of Mosi-oa-Tunya

    Thank you Mr Matanga but how about dealing with internal police issues. I understand you are deducting money from serving members. It is illegal to make any deductions on salaries of police officers unless they have their consent. I do not want to hear that again. You can not ignore such a big issue that at the center of police discontent with the outgoing Chihuri.

  • Believer

    Warren park 1 traffic section needs urgent reshuffling !!!!! URGENT

  • JongweRachembera

    He talks the talk, lets see him walk, the walk and return the ZRP to a professional organisation that is there to enforce the law and not be a law unto itself or a corrupt business model for crooks and criminals wearing a uniform.

  • The Master

    Just remove the spot fines and the corruption will fall away

    • yowe

      Simple…all this talking is nonsense. Why not simply remove spot fines. Motorists should be given 7 days to pay fines and the nearest police station. If one fails to pay then the amount owed is added to the cost of renewing the road licence.

  • Nyavira

    There is need to thoroughly clean up your system. Restoring public confidence will be a huge task for you given the magnitude of complaints against your officers that reflect deep rooted problems even in rural police posts such as Murombedzi and Bhasera in Gutu. Issues of corruption and sweeping cases under the carpet at Murombedzi are causes for concern and road block menacing at Mushayavanhu business center by officers from Bhasera must not return. We have the names and let those responsible change.