Chihuri's efforts to turn police into Zanu PF militia sinks to new low

HARARE – Robert Mugabe's rogue police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri last Friday turned a police parade into a Zanu PF rally and urged force members must be loyal, patriotic and infused with the ethos and values of the liberation struggle to jealously defend Zimbabwe’s sovereignty.

He said the country’s independence was blood-bought and the police must not stand idle while the nation was under a Western onslaught characterised by illegal sanctions.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said this while debriefing 150 officers who visited Chimoio and Nyadzonia shrines in Mozambique from November 12 to 15, 2010.

The two places are the sites of massacres of freedom fighters and refugees by the racist Rhodesian forces during the Second Chimurenga.

"As you are aware the ZRP is mandated by the constitution with the responsibility of maintaining peace, tranquility and eternal security.

"It is, therefore, of paramount importance that as you are charged with this worthy, honourable and critical duty you will have a deeper, accurate, comprehension and understanding of the history of the country particularly its tortuous journey to independence," Comm-Gen Chihuri said.

Comm-Gen Chihuri said police should be on the lookout for elements that try to "confuse, pollute, contaminate and sway" them from their mandate.

"ZRP expects bold fearless members and officers whose hearts, soul and spirit are deeply rooted in their country," he said.

Referring to the Bible, he added: "We must refuse vehemently to be like Esau who sold his own birthright for a single meal."

Comm-Gen Chihuri vowed that Zimbabwe would never be a colony again and urged officers to vote wisely in next year’s election.

"This country came through blood and the barrel of the gun and it will never be re-colonised through a simple pen, which costs as little as five cents," he said.

The officers visited Chimoio and Nyadzonya and were drawn from the three police training institutes — Morris Depot, Ntabazinduna and Chikurubi.

The police chief organised the trip.

In their testimonies, the officers said the trip was an eye opener.

They acknowledged the importance of educating youths on the liberation struggle saying this would help them appreciate why Zimbabwe is where it is today.