The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has issued a statement following the violence that rocked the students’ election at the University of Zimbabwe this Friday. There were reports saying the police intervened and assaulted students. In a statement seen by Pindula News, police officers did not interfere during the Student Representative Council elections. Reads the statement:
ZRP PRESS STATEMENT
02ND JULY 2022
ALLEGED INTERFERENCE BY THE POLICE DURING THE UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to set the record straight to the public that no interference was done by the Police during the University of Zimbabwe Student Representative Council elections held on 01st July 2022.
The Police was called in after some missiles had been thrown in the room where votes were being counted and validated, resulting in windows being damaged at the building.
It is on record that the Zimbabwe Republic Police has received complaints from both ZINASU and ZICOSU members on the violence which took place after the students had queried the delay in the announcement of results. The Police is investigating the case.
it is wrong for politicians to claim that the Police beat and stopped members of ZINASU from celebrating victory or their member being elected into the University of Zimbabwe Student Representative Council’s structures as President.
Politicians are reminded to stay in their spaces and not involve the police in issues which have nothing to do with policing.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police will continue to maintain law and order in the country for the benefit of the public and will not tolerate actions by politicians to cause alarm or send wrong information to the public on policing.
(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations) to the Commissioner-General of Police
Police General Headquarters