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Govt Deploys Riot Police As Civil Unrest Fears Grow

Govt Deploys Riot Police As Civil Unrest Fears Grow

Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, have been deployed in Harare, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s panicky administration fears civil unrest, it has emerged.

There has been an unexplained heavy police presence in Harare’s central business district (CBD) for over a week.

The heavy riot police presence has been witnessed in the city centre every day since police officers clashed with a grouping of war veterans who were protesting the low allowances they receive from the government.

NewZimbabwe.com reported security sources as saying the Government has also secretly deployed significant numbers of undercover agents, mainly from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to gather intelligence. Said a source:

There is a general fear among police commanders at the moment that the worsening hardships could trigger civil unrest and this was worsened by war veterans taking to the streets recently.

The idea is to showcase as much firepower as possible and scare away any potential rioters.

This is precisely why you have seen police trucks on the streets and increasing roadblocks on the city’s main feeder roads.

It’s a psychological warfare taking place.

Two female police officers who have been camped near the new Government complex in Harare told the publication that they didn’t know why they were deployed. They said:

We actually don’t know why we were told on the streets. Normally, such information is kept away from us.

We are simply told to go and occupy the streets and wait for further instructions.

In short, we don’t know why we are here.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the police have the mandate to maintain order. Said Nyathi:

I may not be aware of what you are calling huge numbers, but police patrols or moving around in vehicles or on foot is part of that responsibility of maintaining police visibility and assuring the public of their safety.

Asked to explain what or who had threatened public security of late, Nyathi said:

I do not know what you mean by asking if public safety is under threat.

Remember police have a duty to conduct patrols in the country and patrols are conducted by the police moving around and being seen by the public, so I do not know if there is a problem if the forces are patrolling.

More: NewZimbawe.com


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11 Comments

Sando 6 months ago

Guys and girls this is a journalist 's work to give news on what transpires. Avoid poking other people's minds because of your own affiliations. Other people are angry but I see you are bracing your chests. And before posting something be reminded that what you love is not what I go for. Kana vekwamkoma hatidi kuzviziva ngazvive zvenyu.
Ndanyarara hangu


Elyse 6 months ago

Nyangwe zvikadii hautuki vamwe chete

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Rowdy Rebel 263 6 months ago

Zvatanga (Ne voice rahwindi president )


Elyse 6 months ago

This is what gives birth to violence, I'm putting my point through you start insulting me.What do you think I will do next? Ndosaka muchidombozokwaturwa vanhu imi hamuna kunaka ..unonditukirei?

Elyse 6 months ago

@Never use insulting words online hama yangu, again at least

Elyse 6 months ago

Poor, speculative journalism which thrives on crises.Wishing for protest so that they can find something to write.poor journalism


Horaiti, ehe bho 6 months ago

iwewe @elyse ungati heee pamwe pane crime rate in town. Ko vakauya kuma Neighbourhood kurukuitwa ma Armed Robberies? Hee? Sei usingafunge iwe? Apa Chirungu chacho chokunetsa. Ko kungonyarara? Iwewe ukuti poor journalism, hee what what. Unogona kuita huJournalist here iwe? Panyatsonzi "speculating", zvichireva vanhu varikufungira. Haaa iwe tsek mhani. Dai ukakwaturwa nePolice yacho. Unoita kunge usina kuona zvakaita last time pamaProtests, zidutye. Uchafira mafufu segonzo.

Chief 6 months ago

Izvo zvonetsa myb zvakanakira ruzhinji isu hatidi kurowa chete

Elyse 6 months ago

@Ndini when debating/discussion transcend from points articulation to insult the next step is damn bad..I don't like insults neither do you.lets discuss on a good platform!@beasty boy what I'm saying poor speculation is when you see a lot of policeman in town and and conclude that the admin is jittery of an uprising due to plummetting economy! I mean there are a lot of reasons for heavy presence of security forces including the sharp rise of crime rate in the town! What would make some throw that wild card besides him/her wishing for the worst for the country.
And that I call poor journalism based on unfounded facts..does not do good for the readership

Ndini 6 months ago

Vachatanga kukwatura iwe kabenzi kemwana unonakirwa nei ne heavy presence yema armed forces ukufunga kuti kana iwe uchidya nezanu tete vako varikudyawo? Iri type dzinoromba nehama hauna kana moyo

Beasty boy 6 months ago

#Elyse what's wrong with this article?The writter is simple giving information on whats on the ground,and i see no ficticous additional views but only interviews and answers from realiable sources i.e @PaulTNyathi and ZRP details.


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