The police has deployed adequate manpower to ensure that peace prevails countrywide during the harmonised elections scheduled for Wednesday.In an interview yesterday, chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said she could not disclose the number of those deployed for security reasons.
“I can’t disclose the number for security reason but we have deployed enough officers to ensure a peaceful election,” she said.
She said police would not hesitate to arrest anyone found on the wrong side of the law without fear or favour.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba recently said the force was fully prepared and had the capacity to police the elections.
“As an organisation, we have a rich experience in ensuring that events of this importance and magnitude are conducted in a peaceful and tranquil environment,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.
“We have put in place an array of measures to ensure that the elections become a resounding success. Some of the measures include setting up of a national command centre, training police officers, deployments and interacting with election observers.”
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the force’s national command centre was set up to co-ordinate the policing of the constitutional referendum conducted in March this year as well as the harmonised elections and was headed by Snr Asst Comm Lee Muchemwa.
The force, she said, had attached Zimbabwe Election Commission officers to enable interaction and co-ordination on a daily basis.
“ZRP has over the years consistently trained police officers on how to manage public order and disorder situations. This year, police officers were also trained in public order management in preparation for the Constitutional Referendum, held in March and the forthcoming harmonised elections.
“Police officers have also been enlightened on their duties and responsibilities during the elections,” she said.
Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri recently said the force would continue to denounce any forms of violence.
“We continue to warn those bent on fomenting violence that the nation will not brook such divisive tendencies. The country is on the threshold of realising full economic recovery and this drive cannot be muffled by the hypnotised and out of control political excitement usually resonating from political campaigns,” he said.