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'Sanctions to blame for poor rural ZRP stations'

by Staff reporter
07 Mar 2020 at 06:49hrs | Views
THE government has blamed sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by western countries for its failure to fully fund Zimbabwe Republic Police rural stations.

Responding recently to Senator Chief Ntabeni who had asked about government's plans to address shortage of resources at rural police stations, deputy Home Affairs minister Mike Madiro told Senate that he was aware of the problems facing police stations.

"Is the government aware that police stations in rural areas are in such bad state and do not even have benches? Does the ministry know that they are supposed to allocate a budget to buy chairs for the police camps that currently resemble caves?" Ntabeni asked.

Madiro then claimed that the government's ability to address the shortage of resources has been weakened by sanctions.
"The ministry is aware of the current status of rural police stations like he said, but not all police stations are in such poor conditions. In other stations the situation is better, but in other stations the challenge that we have is of scarce resources. I concur with the Senator and you are aware how difficult it is for our government due to sanctions," Madiro said.

"This country, I can say, is another example of the effects of sanctions, but the government is trying its best to mobilise resources so that our police officers work in conducive environments."

The deputy minister said the government was determined to address the problem.

"I want to believe that government through our sister ministries of Local Government and ministry of Home Affairs have a plan so that we have institutional accommodation, that includes offices, chairs, tables and other equipment including accommodation for police officers. All these issues are being looked into so that they work happily.

"The job of the police of arresting people must be done when they are happy. They have to execute their duties happily. The government is aware of the situation, but the government has taken up this burden of fixing the matter," said Madiro.

The deputy minister added that a significant chunk of the ministry's budget had been used to renovate police stations in Chimanimani damaged by Cyclone Idai.

"In the recent budget by the minister of Finance; the Senator is aware that we had a recent disaster in Chimanimani, Cyclone Idai. Much of our budget has been taken up to rehabilitate stations in those areas that were swept away by the disaster and within the budgetary allocations it is not adequate to take care of the situation throughout the whole country as envisaged by our chief. The government will continuously allocate resources to make sure that the situation is ameliorated progressively.

"However, we take note of the concerns of Senators here and thank and appreciate their concerns that the law enforcement officers do their policing in a conducive environment in order for them to achieve their mandate but that can be done within the constraints of scarce resources within the budget," said Madiro
The blaming of the government's failure to resource police stations on sanctions, however, attracted derision from MDC Senator Theresa Makone.

"The deputy minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage wants Zimbabweans to believe that the country cannot produce furniture for police stations using our own trees. Is he stating that this is being affected by sanctions?" Makone asked.

Source - dailynews