Mugabe commends security forces

He was speaking at Morris Depot, in Harare on Thursday at a pass-out parade of 378 Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

“On behalf of the government of Zimbabwe I would like to express our gratitude as a nation for the role played by the forces in supporting the Maguta programme which has seen us grow enough food for ourselves,” he said.

The President also acknowledged the important role played by security officers in supporting various national programmes.

He commended ZRP for standing firm in defence of the country’s peace and tranquility.

“This conducive environment is critical for the national economic development programme being pursued by government,” he said.

Government, he said, was aware of the various challenges faced by ZRP and would address them in due course.

“Government has set in motion a pragmatic plan to address these resource constraints,” he said, adding that these challenges should not hamper the force’s efforts to provide superior service to the nation.

Turning to the history of Zimbabwe, which was a component of the ZRP training, President Mugabe highlighted the significance of these studies and urged the security officers and Zimbabweans not to lose sight of the protracted liberation struggle against colonialism.

“It should remain part of our conscience and guiding light in our service to the nation,” he said.

He took a swipe at the country’s detractors who claimed to be champions of democracy but were infact willing conduits of violence.

“The agents of violence and the purveyors of falsehoods about the country, who regrettably have included a few churches and civil groups, should be warned that the long arm of the law will not allow them to disrupt business and disturb the rights of individuals who seek an honest living in our society,” he said.

The President reiterated the government’s determination to stop the rot in the agricultural sector.

“The criminal abuses of strategic resources such as fuel, fertiliser and other inputs cannot be condoned as it is criminal, immoral and unacceptable,” he said.

He said the government would prosecute those bent on undermining the turnaround of the economy through acts of dishonesty, greed and wrongful self-enrichment.

Commenting on the economic turnaround programme, the President urged all Zimbabweans to take up the responsibility of reviving the economy and to share a common vision to develop and nurture common economic values and aspirations. ‘ New Ziana.

July 2006
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