Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Deputy Minister Ruth Mavhunga-Maboyi on Wednesday said she was not aware that serving police and army members commit armed robberies in the country.
Mavhunga-Maboyi was responding to opposition legislators who had raised the issue of the alleged involvement of State security agents in armed robbery cases. Mutare Central MP Innocent Gonese (CCC) had asked:
What is the ministry doing to ascertain why so many serving members of the police or army services are being involved in armed robbery cases?
In response, Mavhunga-Maboyi professed ignorance that members of the security services were involved in some armed robberies. She said:
I am not very aware that all those armed robberies are being done by the army and the police.
I know of course that there are some who have been arrested but if you are insisting that I should talk more about it, I have no words to say.
We also have police officers who are experts, but we cannot say the police or the army are the ones who are stealing. Even ourselves here, we might be some of those doing that.
We are saying once they are arrested we are going to deal with them.
We are trying, by all means, to make sure that we make a follow-up of whatever is happening.
Several serving and ex-soldiers and ex-police officers have been arraigned before the courts charged with armed robbery and murder.
The armed robbers mostly target cash-in-transit vehicles, individuals carrying large amounts of money and gold mines.