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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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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
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The much awaited police television programme, Crime Watch was finally aired after a long time of completing the logistical glitches.
The programme is being aired soon after the main news bulletin at 2115 hours every Tuesday and has already received feedback from members of the public.
The first segment of the programme showcases news of the week where the producers of the programme visit provinces to record news transpiring on the ground and interview people on the spot. They also cover police events happening around the country.
The second segment is where the producers engage the public to hear what they say and we also invite police comment on issues raised from there.
The third segment is where we feature profiles of various departments of the ZRP. We discuss what the departments do in the fight against crime.
For this broadcasting season which began in October, Crime Watch is expected to produce 13 episodes. By the time of going to print, 10 episodes had already been on air and a lot of feedback had been received.
“I love this show 100 percent. It teaches our children what society expects from them. This programme should be broadcast at least twice a week. Thumbs up to Crime Watch,” wrote one of the viewers.
Another viewer, Billy from Bulawayo asked for the programme to be re-aired.
“It was amazing. Bring it back again next week,”.
Another viewer requested the publishing of names of accused persons during the programme.
“Thank you for this platform. As a concerned citizen, I would like to register my discontent on how you hide the identity of offenders of various crimes on ZTV. I was watching Crime Watch where there was an issue of robbers with machetes and knobkerries but only saw the victims but not offenders. I appreciate your response and respect your noble duties in making our country peaceful. God bless you all,”.
“Thank you for the programme, Crime Watch. Will be glad if you provide us with more issues that have to do with serious crimes and more court cases,” said another anonymous viewer.
Meanwhile, the Press and Public Relations at Police General Headquarters is calling for sections and departments of the ZRP to immediately contact them should there be news or success stories which they will have scored. This will be recorded for Crime Watch Programme.
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Residents of Bluffhill, Westgate and Sandton Suburbs in Harare can now breathe a sigh of relief following the arrest of three groups of gangsters who were terrorising their neighbourhood.
Acting on a tip-off from members of the public, detectives from Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Marlborough arrested Richard Kandigo (alias Spencer Gandi) (27) and Perfect Godwin Chakombera (30) in early December 2017 and charged them with four counts of Unlawful Entry and Theft. They were taken to court and convicted for all the four counts.
The accused were so cunning and too daring such that they would pounce on the unsuspecting victims during day time. They targeted mostly Bluffhill and Westgate Suburbs.
“They moved around the suburbs, pretending to be looking for employment whilst making surveillances and gathering intelligence on people’s houses.
Where, they found no occupants in the house, the accused used iron bars to force open doors or windows and steal whatever portable valuables they found inside,” said Detective Chief Inspector Tapiwa Madakuchekwa, the Officer-In-Charge, CID Marlborough.
He said, a few days later, detectives pounced again on the pair of Edmore Kadziyanike (24) and Tobias Kapasura (34), whom they charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Entry and Theft. These two, were arrested while trying to sell one of the stolen television sets in Harare Central Business District (CBD).
At the time of going to print, Kandiyanike and Kapasura were still appearing in court for routine remand, awaiting trial.
The third group of Tendai Ncube (23), Ngonidzashe Chasakara (39), Stephen Ngirishi (29) and Gainmore Gawamunorwa (27) assisted the police to clear nine cases of Unlawful Entry and Theft, also in the same suburbs.
When they were taken to court, the accused persons pleaded guilty to all charges and were sentenced to between five and 12 years imprisonment each.
Police recovered various goods, which included 25 Plasma Television sets, gas tanks, generators and clothes, among the stolen items. Acting CID Provincial Community Relations Liaison Officer, (PCRLO), Detective Assistant Inspector Pretty Rushwaya said, such gangsters have no place in our society but belong inside prison walls.
“Be assured that if you are a criminal, the long arm of the law will surely catch up with you. It does not matter that you commit crime under the cover of darkness, as ZRP we are known in the region for producing results always when conducting our investigations,” she said.
Detective Assistant Inspector Rushwaya warned members of the community to be wary of strangers roaming around their neighbourhood as some people would be having sinister motives.
She urged property owners to also keep serial numbers of their electrical gadgets, as well as, inscribe codes or secret insignia on all their assets for easy identification when stolen and recovered.
One of the victims, Mrs Thandiwe Runyowa of Sandton said, the criminals pounced when the family had gone to church leaving the house unattended. She however thanked CID Marlborough for their efforts in arresting the criminals.
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Team ZRP that represented the organisation in the just ended Zimbabwe National Youth Games that were co-hosted by Matabeleland North and Bulawayo provinces won the newly introduced uniformed forces category.
The ZRP was named the overall winner in the uniformed forces open age category with 9 gold medals and one silver followed by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) and Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).
The police was represented in five disciplines - Netball, Athletics, Chess, Volleyball and table tennis. All the teams scooped gold medals except for Chess, who won a bronze medal.
The tennis team was comprised of most ladies from Bulawayo Province as the games were announced very late such that a team could not be assembled in time from the National Sports Office National Sports Office.
The three member women team battled it out with other uniformed forces in the newly introduced uniformed forces category.
Detective Sergeant Nontokozo Moyo of Bulawayo CID Law and Order, Sergeant Maria Ndlovu of Njube police station, and Constable Clara Matenga of Nkulumane police station thwarted all her three opponents.
The women’s team beat the ZNA 2-0, ZPCS 2-1 and AFZ 2-0, in all the round robin singles matches that they played.
The three victories helped the ladies secure a gold medal in the uniformed forces open age category in which they were presented with a winner’s shield.
Officer Commanding Police Bulawayo Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mutamba praised women’s team for their spirited performance urging them to keep up the fighting spirit that saw them winning a gold medal in their first competition