… as Jomic moves to summon service chiefs

THE Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) will soon summon service chiefs to deal with alleged selective application of the law as well as the use of the police, army and CIO  by Zanu PF to intimidate and harass its opponents.

Jomic chairperson Professor Welshman Ncube told the Zimbabwe Independent yesterday that they have already met with co-Ministers of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone to push for non-selective application of the law and to deal with alleged political violence by security forces against  Zanu PF opponents.

He said his committee told Mohadi and Makone last week to ensure that the security forces are non-partisan.

Under the Global Political Agreement (GPA), the three political parties in the inclusive government agreed to build a society that is free of violence, intimidation and hatred.

But President Robert Mugabe and his party have been accused of deploying the military and state security agents to rural areas to harass and intimidate villagers ahead of a possible mid 2011 poll.

“We met the co-Home Affairs ministers over security issues,” said Ncube. “We are worried about the selective application of the law against members of other parties that are not Zanu PF,” he said. “The ministers will tell us in the near future when we meet the service chiefs to discuss political violence.

We want these issues addressed as a matter of urgency because there are widespread complaints of violence, mainly in rural areas.”

Jomic, he said, was also pressing for the security sector reform to ensure the army, police and CIO are not biased towards Zanu PF.

Mugabe is reportedly now ruling the country through military structures. He views military personnel as being loyal to him and this has been shown through statements from top army and security chiefs, who have vowed not to salute anyone without liberation war credentials.

Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba has openly said only a person with revolutionary credentials could rule the country.

“Some people are saying that Mugabe should be removed from power but that will never happen when we are here,” he reportedly said.

Police chief, Commissioner-General Augustine chihuri (pictured) told police officers last Friday that  Zanu PF cannot hand over power through the pen.

Chihuri was quoted saying: “This country came through blood and the barrel of the gun and it can never be re-colonised through a simple pen, which costs as little as five cents.”

 

Brian Chitemba

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