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hits out at NGOs, accuses MDC of perpetrating violence
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
March 04, 2011
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri on Thursday 3 March
2011 lashed out at Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) accusing
them of scuttling President Mugabe and some government representatives'
efforts at regional and international summits.
oral evidence on Thursday 3 March 2011 on the recent upsurge in
violence and police handling of the situation, Chihuri told the
Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs that
representatives of NGOs were "destructing and interjecting"
President Robert Mugabe and his delegation at regional and international
questioned the source of funding for NGOs which enables them to
mount lobby and advocacy campaigns at regional and international
meetings such as the SADC and UN summits and accused representatives
of NGOs of staying in "expensive hotels".
who was accompanied by Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Melusi Matshiya
and Lee Muchemwa, the Chief Staff Officer, Crime said this does
not happen with other countries.
that, out of a total of 121
people arrested for perpetrating violence since January 2011,
101 were Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters while 20
were ZANU PF supporters.
He named eight
MDC legislators for "committing crimes", but failed to
mention a single ZANU PF MP for any wrongdoing.
The Police Commissioner-General
listed the eight MDC MPs as Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe
(for allegedly assaulting a police constable at a roadblock); Home
Affairs co-Minister Theresa Makone (allegedly violently threatening
police officers and undermining police authority); Nyanga North
MP and Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) co-chairperson Douglas
Mwonzora (alleged public violence); Masvingo Urban MP Tongai Matutu
(assaulting a chief); Zhombe MP Rodger Tazviona (allegedly assaulting
a chief); Gokwe-Kabuyuni MP Costain Muguti (alleged robbery); Glenview
South MP Paul Madzore and Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo (for
allegedly selling liquor without a licence). He however did not
comment on any progress in matters which had been referred to his
office for investigation such as those involving the likes of Local
Government Minister Ignatius Chombo.
He said reports
of political violence surged during the period preceding the European
Union (EU) meeting which was held last month to review targeted
sanctions on President Mugabe and some of his party members.
The Police Commissioner-General
said reports on the upsurge of violence would be aimed at creating
a seemingly violent situation in the country so as to justify the
imposition and extension of the targeted sanctions, of which he
is a victim. He also blamed the media for dramatising violence.
on progress in relation to cases of politically-motivated violence
related to the March
2008 election aftermath, he refused to answer, saying only that
the matter was being dealt with by the Organ on National Healing
disclosed before the Committee that the police are under resourced
and poorly remunerated.
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