9 January 2019
COMMISSIONER General of Police Godwin Matanga fumed over bad behavior shown by some of the officers assigned to South Sudan under the United Nations Peace-keeping mission in July last year.
Commissioner General Matanga urged police members to shun all behaviors that may distract their seconding to international assignments.
He was addressing 14 officers comprising six females and eight males destined for Darfur and two officers returning from South Sudan at Police headquarters yesterday.
“Please Deputy Commissioner General human resources, zvakaitwa nevana kuSouth Sudan zuva rakaitwa maelections munyika muno zvinonyadzisa,” said CGP Matanga.
“Kana maifungidzira kuti hazvizivikanwe here kana kuti makanga masvuta something I don’t know.
“I am informed that those going on UN Peace keeping assignment are supposed to take 12 months and let it be that period not more than that.
“I want to believe that senior officers you got what I said, we are no longer fathers but grandfathers so I believe you got the message rightly.
“We are ever informed of whatever you will be doing out there so be warned and represent our organization and nation by discharging your duties in a professional manner,” fumed CGP Matanga before reading his prepared speech.
Comm-Gen Matanga took the opportunity to introduce police operations theme for 2019 – ‘ZRP rebranding to restore public confidence for peace and economic development in the Second Republic’.
“This theme seeks to align all our organizational activities with government’s vision, which aims to transform our nation into an upper middle class economy by the year 2030,” he said.
“I would like to underscore the fact that in this Second Republic, it is no longer business as usual.
“I therefore call upon each and every police officer in the ZRP to tie up your laces and put in your best performance which should be nothing short of the organizational standards and ethics.
“We really need to put shoulders to wheel so that our government’s vision comes to fruition.
“The deployment of Zimbabwean sons and daughters from police, military and civilian components on peacekeeping missions has over the years demonstrated our country’s unwavering commitment to fortifying global peace and security.
“I feel particularly honoured that the ZRP has, for a long time now, been part of this noble cause of fostering peace and stability in war torn countries,” said CGP Matanga.
To the returning contingent he said the tragedy they witnessed should have given them lessons, chief among them, that peace is priceless and should be highly cherished and upheld.
“It is an undisputed fact that civil wars are destructive as they cause unnecessary loss of precious lives, profound damage to country’s infrastructure and derailment of a nation’s socio-economic development.”
Meanwhile, H-Metro learnt that Zimbabwe Republic Police were not spared from unnecessary increasing of prices by their suppliers.
“I heard that the suppliers are demanding more money for what we have paid for already and I want a meeting to find the truth about that from senior police officers,” said CGP Matanga.