Chihuri was on Thursday expected to inspect all police stations in the city and also officiate at a pass out parade of police recruits who had completed training at Ntabazinduna Police Training depot.
More than 20 armed police officers in riot gear and in different cars escorted Chihuri’s 500 metre long motorcade from the Joshua Nqabuko Nkomo airport,about 30 km outside the city.
About six police traffic road blocks had been mounted along Robert Mugabe Way from the airport to Rainbow hotel in the city centre where he was staying.
At the hotel, armed police officers were also seen patrolling the whole day.
“We were shocked to see such a long and heavily guarded motorcade in the city centre. At first I thought it was President Robert Mugabe but now I understand it was for Chihuri,”said George Ncube a newspaper vendor.
Some workers at the Bulawayo Rainbow hotel told Radio VOP that they were shocked with the kind of security Chihuri was getting these days.
“Since he arrived here yesterday, he is staying under very tight security. We don’t know why, because the kind of security he is getting these days is even more than what Vice-Presidents and Prime Minister are getting,” one Bulawayo Rainbow hotel worker said.
On Thursday morning the Radio VOP crew witnessed the commissioner general‘s convoy heading for Ntabazinduna Police Training Depot along Harare Road with a traffic police officer at each and every junction of the highway stopping motorists to give safe passage to Chihuri’s motorcade.
Early this month Chihuri ordered the arrest of controversial Zanu (PF) member and businessman Temba Mliswa for labelling the police chief corrupt and suggesting that he should be fired from his job.
Mliswa is still in remand prison facing numerous fraud charges including allegedly acquiring a motor spares company, Noshio Holdings Company illegally, looting farm equipment and properties and defrauding the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.