HARARE – President Robert Mugabe yesterday warned police to desist from corrupt activities, calling for harsh punishment for those caught on the wrong side of the law.

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Officiating at a police graduation parade at Morris Depot in Harare yesterday, the 91-year-old leader said his government will not tolerate corruption, especially in the police force.

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“Government strongly condemns the abuse of authority, be it by individuals or the police in general,” he said.

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“Accordingly, all cases of corruption, dishonesty and abuse of authority should always be expeditiously investigated, regardless of whether they occur among the police or the general public.

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“All graduants, their seniors and colleagues, and indeed all government employees, should maintain, at all times, a zero tolerance to corruption.”

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The president implored the police to add into their training courses means of dealing with the modern-day sophisticated criminals.

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“Although criminals often develop parallel and potentially frustrating skills and techniques that seek to manipulate technology, police training should include advanced computer forensic and other advanced investigative and analytical techniques, which are geared to combat crimes such as terrorism, drug, human and arms trafficking,” Mugabe said. “When equipped with appropriate equipment and superior skills, our police should be found equal to the task.”

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Meanwhile, Augustine Chihuri, the police commissioner-general, described Mugabe as a fountain of wisdom.

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“I wish to say on behalf of ZRP and indeed on behalf of my family, we are deeply indebted to your visionary leadership,” Chihuri said. “This has infused in us zeal, zest and passion to strive to do more for our country and for our people.

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“It is our conviction that as an organisation and indeed as  nation we have an obligation to be faithful towards your vision, as we draw unwavering inspiration from the well of abundant wisdom bestowed upon you. The Bible in the book of Proverbs 19 verse 8 is instructive in this regard.

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“Your Excellency, your clear, courageous, insightful and visionary leadership has matured in us with spiritual faith to overcome all challenges.”

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The 690 graduants also heaped praises on Mugabe.

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“Your Excellency, your elevation to the apex of Sadc and AU as chair of both organisation bears testimony and vote of confidence that Zimbabwe, Africa and the world at large have in your people-oriented leadership,” the graduates said in unison.

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“Your Excellency, you fought for our independence from imperialists who were bent on undermining our sovereignty. On attaining political independence, indeed you went to say political independence without economic independence is nothing.”