By Nkosana Dlamini
THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says its operatives are back on the country’s streets although they have enlisted the services of the army to accompany their details as citizen resentment towards the law enforcement agents remains high.
Police were forced to retreat into their camps some two weeks ago when the military staged a dramatic seizure of government and placed then President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.
Teir Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri was also reportedly taken into army custody after he was found to be a potential stumbling block to the military operation.
The military accused the police of failing to perform their constitutional duties as was allegedly seen in their failure to arrest “criminals” who surrounded Mugabe.
Although police details reported for duty every day, they were conspicuous by their absence on the streets.
But national police spokesperson Charity Charamba announced Tuesday police operatives are back on the streets adding that the tense situation experienced in the country past two weeks was back to normal.
“You will soon notice the ZDF and ZRP members conducting joint patrols, especially in the Harare Central Business District,” Charamba said.
“We urge you all progressive Zimbabweans to respect the country’s laws and cooperate with our officers as they perform their duties.
“As Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Security Services, we play complementary roles in the defence and maintenance of law and order in our beloved country.
“We, therefore, remain committed to serve our country. Zimbabwe is a peace-loving nation as demonstrated during the past week.”
Public resentment towards the police was demonstrated when Chihuri was booed by the crowd that packed the giant National Sports Stadium during Friday’s inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.