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SHAMVA, ZIMBABWE, May 9- Zimbabwean Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri says the conflict in Mozambique posed a security threat to Zimbabwe if it spills over.

Political tension escalated has in Mozambique after the opposition party ad former rebel movement, Renamo, started attacking government positions in the central areas of the country, where they concentrated their banditry in the 1980s and early 1990s while backed by apartheid South Africa.

The banditry ended with an agreement between Renamo and Mozambique’s Frelimo-led government in 1992, when the former rebels disarmed and became a recognised political party but now they have returned to the bush, although they do not have external sources of arms or backing.

Addressing a passing-out parade at Shamva training camp in Mashonaland Central Province Thursday, Chihuri said the biggest challenge the country faced was persecution by detractors and a possible overflow of Mozambique’s unrest.

“The biggest danger that our country faces today lies at the crossroads of continued persecution by the country’s detractors and the possibility of spillover from the disturbances that are currently taking place across our eastern borders,” he said.

“Our detractors have openly declared that they are seeking regime change in Zimbabwe, an illegal one for that matter and the evidence indicates that they are doing so with determination and resilience. It appears they will never give up. As a country we should not allow such efforts to succeed.”

Chihuri said the massive training programme that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was undertaking was aimed at safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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