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Tsvangirai Says Police Forced To Back Mugabe

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Tsvangirai Says Police Forced To Back Mugabe

Harare, June 20, 2012 ---- Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused police commanders of forcing their subordinates to support President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

Tsvangirai on Wednesday told Parliament that he had obtained recordings of a meeting of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) where police were told to support Mugabe alone.

Kwekwe Central MP Blessing Chebundo (MDC) had asked him to comment on reports that army and police commanders were actively campaigning for Zanu PF.

“I want to quote minutes of a meeting recently held at one of the district police meetings where police were told every member of the force should be aligned to Zanu PF,” he said.

“They were told there was only one Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe and the army and police were expected to pay allegiance to him and be aligned to Zanu PF.
 “If such an attitude becomes the norm, at the end of the day then why go for elections when people have made such declarations,” he said.

There were reports last week that police recruits at a pass out parade in Harare that was reviewed by Mugabe chanted slogans declaring that the veteran ruler was the only God chosen leader for Zimbabwe.

Service chiefs have come under fire for openly supporting Mugabe in violation of the constitution.

They have also issued statements vowing never to salute Tsvangirai even if he beats Mugabe in elections claiming that the MDC leader does not have liberation war credentials to lead the country.

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