Joyce Mukucha Herald Reporter
The Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Protection Unit (PPU) is committed to enhancing the safety and security of the country’s top leadership and the diplomatic community who are its elite clients, a senior officer has said. Speaking during the launch of the client service charter in Harare on Friday, the Officer Commanding the Police Protection Unit, Senior Assistant Commissioner Lee Muchemwa, said the charter spells out the service standards clients should expect from the unit.
“Our specific mandate as PPU is to provide VVIP personalised protection services to the Presidium and VIP protection services to Cabinet ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court, the diplomatic community accredited to Zimbabwe and any other VIPs as declared by the Government,” said Snr Asst Muchemwa. He said they had fully-fledged operations across the country that was ready to offer VIP protection services whenever they are and they are striving to be the leading police service provider by the year 2020.
“Our mission is to maintain law and order, protect and secure the lives and property of the people and institute dynamic policing practices that engender effective prevention, investigation and detection of crime,” he said.
“It is our promise today that any reports of corrupt or unprofessional conduct by any errant members or officers will be handled with all the utmost and urgent attention that they deserve, we will remain focused not to tolerate any form of corrupt or any wayward behaviour.” He also said VIP protection was quite a difficult task, which the police cannot achieve alone but requires the partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with clients and the public for it to be achieved. The Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Democratic Republic of Congo Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Mwampanga Mwana Nanga applauded the ZRP Police Protection Unit, saying their discipline ensured that Zimbabwe remains stable and peaceful.
“In the many years I served in this country, I feel honoured to represent diplomats members who enjoy your services.
“You are doing your work well despite the challenges you face, we are proud of you,” he said. Ambassador Mwana Nanga promised to provide good facilities to PPU officers protecting their embassies and residences as a way of making their service enjoyable
“We feel very safe in this country due to the security and protection that PPU offers to important persons in this country. I reassure you that as beneficiaries of your service, we are prepared to make your brave men and women happy at our premises by giving them what they require,” he said. Ambassador Mwana Nanga said for the past 37 years, the PPU has been committed to its job and his country had benefited a lot from it. He encouraged the ZRP Police Protection Unit to continue doing a good job since Africa needs security.