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The Minister of Home Affairs and Culture, Dr Obert Mpofu recently met heads of departments under his purview to chat the way forward following his recent appointment to head the ministry.
During the meeting, Dr Mpofu shared the ministry’s vision in line with the expectations of the government.
He challenged all departments to fully rally behind the President’s efforts and deliver premium service to the nation.
“In our quest to improve service, let us, with equal zeal and determination extend the fight to defeat corruption. Together, let us work to rebuild a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe. Yes, let us restore the legacy of our nation. Modesty, respect for citizens and visitors alike, nobility, good governance, commitment, empathy, proactivity and responsiveness should characterise our service delivery at all times,” he said.
Minister Mpofu implored the police to continue working with the Registrar General’s office in the Cattle Branding Programme, especially in new settlements.
He also urged the police to reduce the number of roadblocks on the roads.
“Among the strategies, ZRP should employ smart strategies like
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Zimbabwe Republic Police continues to enjoy the benefits of community policing initiatives and good rapport with the business community. Latest beneficiary, ZRP Bulawayo Central got a hand of goodwill from cement manufacturing giant, Premier Portland Cement (PPC) (Pvt) Ltd Zimbabwe who recently refurbished the station’s front office.
The renovations which costed $30 000, 00 has left ZRP Bulawayo Central boasting of modern looking front offices with state-of-the-art varnished wooden counter, stools, booths for Victim Friendly Unit (VFU), floor tiles, furniture, computers, LED Television sets and a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera system.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Officer Commanding Bulawayo Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mutamba said the appearance of ZRP Bulawayo Central front office was now in sync with the organisation’s Guiding Principle Number Two, which states that, stations and work stations must appeal and satisfy all the organisation’s customers.
“Having realised the then prevailing conditions, PPC saw it befitting to have our reception area renovated as the appearance was no longer pleasant,” said SAC Mutamba.
He said the renovation of ZRP Bulawayo Central Police Station is not for the ZRP alone but for the people of Zimbabwe who benefit from police services rendered from the station.
“The initiative by PPC is applaudable and cannot go unnoticed. The corporate social responsibility by PPC demonstrates their concern for the community they operate from and such practice should be emulated by other institutions,” he said.
SAC Mutamba said the installation of CCTV cameras would not only improve security of the station but also help in supervision.
“The CCTV will go a long way in the evaluation of the transparency of our service delivery.
We will now be able to technically supervise our members,” said SAC Mutamba.
In her remarks during the same event, PPC Zimbabwe Acting Managing Director Mrs Karen Mhazo said the renovation of ZRP Bulawayo Central will go a long way in improving service delivery.
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For the participants of Junior Officers Command Course [JOCC] number 05/2017, all the seismic shifts that took place in the country’s political sphere was nothing more than a wave of concocted versions that circulate through various channels of social media everyday.
After completing a four week course, all what they expected was to return to their stations and get down to business “as usual”. But when they sat attentively before the reviewing officer on their departing day, the graduands learnt that it was no longer business as usual.
Principal Police Staff College, Senior Assistant Commissioner Mind Ngirandi who officiated at the graduation ceremony held at Buchwa National Training Centre said since His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander-In-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa had emphatically highlighted the need to expend energy in oiling the wheels of the socio-economic wagon of the country, police officers should therefore justify their positions and earnings through a new work ethic that is epitomised by hard work, professionalism, accountability and transparency.
The senior officer revealed that the issue of supervision had taken centre stage in the Zimbabwe Republic Police and this had prompted the Central Planning Committee (CPC) to embark on impromptu tours to all police establishments to find out how police officers are conducting their duties.
“The ZRP CPC has hinted that it will carry out impromptu visits to all police establishments across the country, make sure you do not become casualties through incompetence or snoozing on the job.
“You have completed this course at a time the nation has gone through a period of transformation and a new socio-economic trajectory, which require that you know and understand what is required of you”, said SAC Ngirandi.
He said maintenance of law and order can be achieved if police officers recommit themselves to the new work ethic which prioritise the safety of citizens before own comfort.
“Zimbabwe citizens yearn for being at peace with the confidence that their children can go to school and come back without being kidnapped, or worse still raped……and above all, citizens can rest at home knowing that their money deposited in
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Chiwaridzo stands as a fully fledged police station today three years after being weaned from Bindura Central in October 2014.
Having been established in 1993 as a Police Post, the ZRP Central Planning Committee (CPC) decided to elevate Chiwaridzo Police Post to the position of a fully fledged police station after more than 20 years since its inception
By merely taking a glance on the station’s treble digit crime register, the upgrading came as a relief to Bindura Central Police Station where Chiwaridzo, then a Police Post contributed 75 percent of the crimes reported at the station. Chiwaridzo was always tagged as the problem baby of the central police station due to the crime rate.
“This is a small place with very huge activity. We contribute 75 percent of the total crime registered at Bindura Central,” Assistant Inspector Benson Manyengawana said in an interview when The Outpost visited the station in 2010.
In 2010 again, the then Officer-In-Charge Bindura Central, Chief Inspector Charles Munhungeyi confirmed to The Outpost that Chiwaridzo was Bindura.
“Kana musati masvika kuChiwaridzo hamusati masvika kuBindura (If you have not been to Chiwaridzo, then you have not been to Bindura yet),” he said.
The then Officer Commanding Bindura District Chief Superintendent Shepherd Chiwoko (now Assistant Commissioner) also knows Chiwaridzo as a small place with “big things”.
“If we contain crime levels in Chiwaridzo, we have contained the whole of Bindura,” he told The Outpost in an interview back in 2010.
Exactly three years after being accorded station status and seven years after the last coverage of the station, The Outpost recently visited the station to see how they are fairing.
The Officer-In-Charge Chiwaridzo, Inspector Simbarashe Mhandu attributed the busy status of Chiwaridzo to many factors.
He said that there were a lot of people who visited the area due to various reasons which include seeking for cheap residential accommodation or gold panning.
“This might be a small place but the crime reported here can reach alarming figures of up to an average of 178 cases most of which will be unlawful entry, theft and assault among others. Because of the activities in Bindura which include two universities, Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU), Gold panning in Kitsiyatota under Bindura Central, other small mines and farms, people always seek
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A massive employment fraud was recently busted following the arrest of six accused persons in Masvingo.
The gang was in the habit of fleecing job seekers who were seeking nurse training vacancies at Masvingo Provincial Hospital. They would recruit people around the country and refer them to the fraud architect, Patricia Muyambo Magazini. Among the accused persons were staff at district hospitals, teachers as well as an Econet employee.
The six accused suspects - Patricia Muyambo Magazini (34) of Chesvingo in Masvingo, Beauty Dzviti (35) of Jerera Growth Point in Zaka, Jairos Mupamhadzi (35) of Silveira Mission in Masvingo, Respina Manjeru (45) of Chief Nhema in Zaka, Herbert Munyikwa (45) of Chief Mabika in Bikita and Martha Nyapokoto (46) of Chief Mabika in Bikita – were arrested following a trap by members from CID Masvingo following a tip off from one of the nurses at the Hospital.
According to the Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Power Gwande, the accused persons originated a false notice which they flighted on whatsapp platform purporting that there was an intake at Masvingo Provincial Hospital.
“After that, they went on to publish a false notice in The Herald newspaper dated 19 September 2017 advising 55 listed applicants that they had been enrolled for the May 2018 student nurse training at Masvingo Provincial Hospital.
“Those with listed names were asked to pay amounts ranging from $800 to $1200 to secure places and the money was to be deposited into a fake Ecocash account,” said Detective Sergeant Gwaze in an interview with The Outpost.
Following the arrest of the accused persons it was discovered that one of them had several econet lines fraudulently registered in connivance with an Econet employee under false names of Tendai Madondo and Patience Muyambo.
Coincidentally, the Tutor-In-Charge at Masvingo School of Nursing and Midwifery is Mrs Grace Madondo whose surname was being used by the fraudsters.
When interviewed by this magazine, Mrs Madondo was