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Support Unit and Matebeleland North provinces were this year’s winners in Men and Women’s tennis teams, respectively, after dislodging 2017 champions - National Traffic - during the recently held 2018 Commissioner General of Police Sports Gala.
The competition was tough for National Traffic as they failed to collect a single medal in tennis during this year’s tournament.
In the men’s (Team Game) category, Support Unit’s Esau Khondowe partnered well with Elliot Ganyani in the final where they clinched gold. They went past Police General Headquarters team which collected a silver medal while Harare settled for bronze.
Khondowe was in no nonsense mood as he collected another gold medal in men singles final, beating Harare’s James Harrison Dhimba 6-3, 6-1. The 2017 champion, Mike Mukuna struggled for form during the whole tournament and managed to collect a bronze medal.
In the Women’s category, Prisca Chitambo and Ropafadzo Manyande triumphed over Maria Ndlovu and Clara Matenga to claim gold in the final team games. PGHQ took bronze. Rutendo Chikunya of PGHQ failed again to reclaim the gold medal that she won in 2016.
In the doubles, the combination of Prisca Chitambo and Ropafadzo Manyande was unassailable. They beat PGHQ which was represented by Chikunya and Eneres Taruvinga who settled for silver medal. Bronze went to MBCU who were represented by Catherine Kalosi and Tendai Chirinda.
It was Matebeland North again mixed doubles with now doubles specialist, Chitambo clinching her third gold after combining well with Tinashe Madekutsikwa to dismiss the pair of Mbizi and Mukuna. Bulawayo Province’s Martin Gwaronda and Ndlovu took bronze.
In the women legends finals it was Mbizi, Chitambo and Josephine Muchenje taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.
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Officer Commanding Chivhu District, Chief Superintendent Stephen Baleni has hailed Beatrice Police Station’s Crime Consultative Committee (CCC) for its efforts towards crime reduction.
In an interview with The Outpost recently, Chief Superintendent Baleni said crime was on the rise in Nyatsime resettlement area which falls under Beatrice police station and assistance from Beatrice Triple C has helped contain it in the community.
“Crime has been on the rise in Nyatsime resettlement area where the population is increasing now and again. We are managing the situation with the assistance from Beatrice Triple C which is very active and always come aboard to support crime prevention activities. The Triple C is actually facilitating the resuscitation of the Beatrice station’s vehicle which requires maintenance, “said Chief Superintendent Baleni.
In a separate interview, Officer-In-Charge Beatrice Police Station, Inspector Matthew Hove said Beatrice as a farming community was facing a unique stocktheft phenomenon where thieves steal cattle in the area at night and debone the cattle and disappear with meat.
He said their efforts to fight the crime got a boost after they got a donation of a roadblock equipment from Beatrice Triple C late last year.
“We have been receiving cases of deboning in farms and most of the crimes were committed during the night. We are glad with the assistance we received from our local Triple C. They have donated modern roadblock equipment for night duties so as to help in conducting stop and checks roadblocks,” said Inspector Hove.
The growing population of Nyatsime resettlement area has been attributed as a reason in stock theft cases being recorded as the settlement is providing a ready market.
Vice Chairperson for Beatrice Triple C, Mr Percy Matongera said, as a committee they do appreciate efforts by their local police towards crime prevention and donations are the only way they can express their gratitude. He said their hope was that the equipment will help reduce criminal activities in the area.
“As CCC members, we do appreciate efforts by ZRP towards crime prevention. As a community we try by all means to assist our police and we can only do so through such donations. Crime activities are mostly prevalent at night, so we saw the standardised night roadblock equipment relevant,” said Mr Matongera.
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A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. These are the words of Mr Blessing Masau, a Support Unit Grade Seven teacher who produced satisfactory results in the 2017 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) Grade Seven Examinations.
Mr Masau had 20 students with five units, 13 females and seven males.
This feat contributed heavily to Support Unit Primary scooping a number of awards at the 13th edition of the Commissioner General of Police’s Merit Awards held recently. This included being the school with the highest number of five units and the most improved school from 92 percent in 2016 to 97.73 percent in 2017.
Mr Masau attributed this success to extra effort and hard work that saw the students excelling in the examinations.
“I attribute the results to hard work and the internal motivation that pushed me to see where my potential as a teacher would take me, “said the thirty- four year old teacher.
He had to take the students for extra lessons and made sure that he supervised each student and kept pushing them to realise their full potential which saw his efforts bringing forth desired results.
Mr Masau who finished training for his diploma in education in March 2008 got attested in the organisation in May that same year. After pass out he was posted to Support Unit. After his training at Shamva he was posted to Support Unit Headquarters and in July 2009 he was posted to Support Unit Primary school where for two terms he had to relief teachers on leave.
“It was in 2010 I got my own class, grade three students. I pushed myself all these years and got my first grade seven class in 2014. They performed well but my breakthrough came in 2017 where my Grade Seven class performed brilliantly putting our school among the best in Harare and in the country,” he said.
Meanwhile the Commissioner General of Police, Cde Thandabantu Godwin Matanga encouraged the teachers to continue summoning the necessary strength and wisdom to go around impediments.
“The fact that you are posting such fantastic results against a backdrop of limited resources makes your achievements all the more laudable.
“I want to assure you of the organisation’s support and we shall no doubt play a key role towards the development of the school as well as addressing some of the challenges
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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Coordinator for Northern Region, Assistant Commissioner Sipho James Makone has challenged CID members to improve on service delivery in line with new trajectory being taken by government.
Assistant Commissioner Makone was speaking at the official opening of a customer care workshop for CID members recently. He said workshops equip members with indispensable customer care knowledge, skills and attitudes for enhancing the image of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
“I urge you to do away with the bad practices which drag the good image of our organisation into the dust bins and focus on ways that brings back public confidence in the police,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Makone said good customer care is critical in any organisation which desires success.
“Our attitude towards clients determines their attitude towards us. There is therefore need to always exhibit positive attitudes towards our customers so that they view our organisation positively,” he said.
The senior officer urged members to be professional and avoid being talkative.
“In our investigations particularly at crime scenes, we must avoid over promising complainants notwithstanding the need for reassurance, the credit of any astute investigator is derived from dealing with complex cases not from being too talkative”, he said.
In one of the presentations attended by The Outpost, CID Legal Officer Chief Superintendent Chrispen Chidzenga said the law frowns on inhuman treatment of suspects. He urged officers to be able to formulate a reasonable suspicion for the suspects to be arraigned before the courts observing their rights as enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Chief Superintendent Chidzenga said there is no justification to over detain a suspect.
The workshop covered Communication in crime investigations, Customer care, Client Service Charter, Ethical considerations at crime scenes, Human Rights, Constitution and policing, Corruption, Discipline, Counselling and front office management among others.
The workshop was attended by 26 participants drawn from all CID sections within Harare.
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Police has vowed to continue the crack down on criminals; with the latest being an arrest of burglary suspects in two separate incidents by detectives in Harare and Midlands Provinces.
Criminal Investagations Department (CID) Braeside in Harare nabbed the quartet of Collet Rudairo Malgas (35), Victor Mukura (30), Simbarashe Kudakwashe Rwanga (36) and Collen Tafadzwa Murambiwa (26), who were causing havoc in Waterfalls and Mbare suburbs in Harare. They were linked to eight cases of Unlawful Entry and Theft.
It seems lady luck was on police side as detectives found all the four suspects asleep in Murambiwa’s room at the sprawling Epworth high density suburb during the raid. Police recovered also a lot of stolen property through indications from the suspects.
Detective Inspector Petros Tshuma, the Officer-In-Charge CID Braeside said the suspects were also linked to some cases that were committed in Southerton area. Police recovered 13 Plasma television sets, 1 home theatre, 1 amplifier and 1 3-CD changer radio after their arrest.
“These suspects were a group of five, but we managed to arrest four. They targeted nite clubs mostly and a few residential houses. They would use iron bars to force open entry and steal mostly electrical gadgets,” said Det Insp Tshuma.
The Officer Commanding Police in Mbare District, Chief Superintendent Oscar Mugomeri told this magazine in an interview that, while some of the property was recovered in Mbare suburb, a number of unlicensed backyard shops in Harare’s Central Business District were providing a ready market for the stolen goods. He urged members of the public to keep serial numbers of their property and also report early whenever their goods are stolen.
At the time of going to print, both syndicates had