Police not part of Zanu PF – Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the use of police officers and other security agencies in the management of Zanu-PF primary elections by some of the party’s aspiring candidates is a violation of law and the practice must stop forthwith.
The Head of State and Government, who is also the Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, said the conflation of party and State institutions had no room in the new dispensation.
In a statement released by the acting secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr Regis Chikowore, President Mnangagwa said law enforcement agencies should be deployed only to maintain law and order.
This warning follows media reports that some aspiring candidates enlisted the services of law enforcement agencies in a bid to win primary elections held this week.
In this week’s Zanu PF polls, police officers acted as polling officers.
“A story in one of our local dailies alleges that Zanu-PF abused police officers and other security agencies during its primaries over the weekend either as polling officers or running other party chores,” President Mnangagwa said.
“The story creates the wrong impression that the alleged abuses were sanctioned by His Excellency the President, Cde E.D Mnangagwa in flagrant violation of the country’s constitution and against his own pledge that State institutions would not be partisan, thereby undermining their constitutional roles as impartial arbiters in the electoral process,”
President Mnangagwa said any party officials or officers of the security establishment caught abusing arms and personnel of security would be dealt with “severely”.


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