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The police is failing to fulfil some of its constitutional obligations, chief among them maintaining law and order owing to meagre allocations from Treasury, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri said yesterday.

He, however, said some projects the force was undertaking had kept it going as it managed to fund day to day activities.

Comm-Gen Chihuri was speaking at a pass-out parade of 560 police officers from the Support Unit at Shamva Battle Camp yesterday.

“Allow me to say the gravest danger that our nation faces today lies at the crossroads of continued persecution by the country’s detractors and the possibility of a spillover from the disturbances that are currently being experienced across the country’s eastern border,” he said.

“Our detractors have openly declared that they are seeking a regime change and the evidence indicates that they are doing so with determination.”

Comm-Gen Chihuri said as a country, they should not allow such efforts to succeed.

He applauded the mass training programme as a positive manoeuvre towards safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.

He said the graduation was symbolising and reinforcing their commitment towards ensuring a safer and more secure nation.

“Furthermore, you are all aware our government is spearheading a number of policies meant to revamp the economy and empower the generality of the population.

“Chief among these is the economic blueprint, Zim-Asset, which already has gained tremendous momentum across the country,” Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

He said Zim-Asset needed an enabling environment so that it could be implemented efficiently and effectively.

He urged officers to ensure a peaceful environment that enables the people to pursue different economic and social aspirations without being sabotaged by criminals.

Comm-Gen Chihuri commissioned a state-of-the-art computer laboratory at the battle camp.

“That such a feat has been achieved during a time when the country is suffering from economic mal-performances largely due to the illegal Western-imposed sanctions, is indicative of your capacity to think outside the box.

“Your abundant initiatives and endless efforts to supplement our meagre allocations from the fiscus are being felt in our quest to fulfil our constitutional obligation of maintaining law and order in Zimbabwe and to ensure that citizens always get a full measure of our service,” he said.

The Comm-Gen said the force was aware of the challenges brought about by technology and had constantly been providing training to keep officers abreast of new trends in criminal activities.

“However, resources have not been adequately availed to meet operational requirements,” Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

He expressed concern over corruption, which he said was continuing to affect the economic and social fabric.

“The anti-graft campaigns we have embarked on have to date claimed the scalps of many high profile members, some of whom have for long been masquerading as the pearls of economic wisdom.

“Similarly, the ZRP as the vanguard of moral uprightness, is therefore expected to command and project high levels of discipline, dignity and decorum if we are to rid our society of morally bankrupt elements,” he said.

Source : The Herald