Giles Mutsekwa, a member of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and co-Home Affairs minister told Radio VOP that although it was an Act of Parliament that the President and the AG had a direct control of the police there was need for an urgent revision of the law because Chihuri was ignoring orders from the co-Home affairs ministers.
“It is unfortunate that we have many people who are running the police force in the country, that is the President, Attorney General and the Home Affairs Ministers. The President and Attorney General give verbal instructions, while the ministers are asked to give written instructions to the police commissioner General,” said Mutsekwa. “What makes is difficult in our situation is that if I want to give instructions it should be signed by both of us (Mutsekwa and Mohadi).”
Zanu (PF)’s Kembo Mohadi is the other co-Home Affairs minister.
Mutsekwa said until the law was amended his instructions will continue to be overiden. He said this was resulting in Chihuri failing to bring Zanu (PF) perpetrators of political crimes to book.
“Yes its an instrument, its an Act of Parliament, which has been there, but wrongly written during times of dictatorship to give powers to one person…I have raised this issue with the GPA (Global Political Agreement) principals and they are now aware that we are having a difficult situation especially when I am required to instruct Chihuri through a written note,” he said.
Mutsekwa has been castigated by the public, especially MDC supporters, as a powerless minister who has failed to cause the arrests of Zanu (PF) perpetrators of political violence.
Meanwhile the Zanu (PF) Masvingo North Legislator, who is also the Tertiary and Higher Education minister Mudenge, is under investigation for inciting violence against MDC supporters in Masvingo recently.
Mutsekwa said Mudenge had last week addressed a meeting attended by about 800 people in Zimuto in Masvingo and instructed local traditional leaders to force MDC supporters to return to Zanu (PF) before the next election.
“This is a direct breach of the GPA by a senior government official who is aware of the document,” he said.
He said Mudenge’s utterances fuelled violence.
“We are going to deal with such political figures like Mudenge first and this is going to be done at a government level. Once political leaders like him utter such inciting words at a crowd of over 800 people what message and actions will they be disseminating down wards?”