StandardComment: Police must stop being partisan
Sadc leaders are expected to meet yet again next month in Angola to try and
resolve the Zimbabwe political crisis.
Judging by events on the ground, leaders of the parties to the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) will leave Luanda without anything tangible to
show they are keen to find common ground.
Neither Zanu PF nor the two MDC formations are anywhere near reaching an
understanding on the contentious issues. Instead, events of the past two
weeks show the three parties are drifting even further apart.
Despite their commitment to end violence, the scourge continues unabated and
police, who have a constitutional duty to maintain law and order, are
behaving like an appendage of Zanu PF.
The actions of the partisan police are a slap in the face for Sadc
facilitator Jacob Zuma who has invested a lot of time and energy in the
quest to resolve Zimbabwe’s political crisis.
They also serve to inflame tensions between parties to the GPA who are at
the moment seeking to establish a roadmap to free and fair elections.
The recent invasion of Parliament by scores of militant Zanu PF supporters
shows police are condoning Zanu PF’s flagrant disregard for the GPA.
In broad daylight a Zanu PF mob beat up an MP and journalists inside the
very building where laws are made. Police could only watch as the mayhem
But the same docile police sprung into action on Wednesday when MDC-T
activists held a peaceful demonstration at the High Court. They picked up 13
people who were calling for the release of their colleagues detained for
allegedly murdering a policeman in Glen View.
The Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is a self-confessed Zanu
PF supporter, so it may not be difficult to understand why the force has
become a Zanu PF appendage poisoning the political environment at a time
when Sadc leaders are keen to broker peace.
Police should stop serving partisan interests and allow the GPA parties to
craft a new constitution and a workable roadmap to free and fair elections.
This is what all peace-loving Zimbabweans wish for.
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