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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Chihuri must remove police uniform —PDP police-chief-augustine-chihuri

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Chihuri last Friday met with the Attorney General (AG), Prince Machaya, and his staff to discuss the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and was critical of the office for perceived shoddy handling of cases involving protests. At the meeting, the police chief also warned that the law enforcement agency would strike back at protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, security sector brutality and bad governance since June. “To our brothers and sisters advocating for violence, they should take heed of a well-known African saying ‘if one rattles a snake, then he or she should be prepared to be bitten by it’ . . . those who do not want trouble with the law should equally not trouble the law,” he said in reference to the protesters. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), however, was riled by Chihuri’s threat, saying it showed his intolerance to dissent. “What we find shocking is that Chihuri has chosen to declare war on innocent people and disregard the country’s constitution,” said Jacobe Mafume, the PDP spokesperson, in a statement. He accused Chihuri, a self-confessed admirer of Mugabe and supporter of Zanu PF, of meddling in politics against the provisions of the constitution that requires the security sector to be impartial. “We urge him (Chihuri) to remove his police uniform and join Zanu PF structures fulltime as it is wrong and unconstitutional for him to shield behind the police force and issue out unguided political statements.

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