The successes of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in international peacekeeping flies in the face of persistent and unjustified hate-filled propaganda on the country by the local private and international media.
Speaking at the send-off ceremony for 28 officers who will be departing for United Nations duties next month in East Timor, Kosovo, Liberia and Sudan in Harare yesterday, Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri said these mouthpieces of imperialism and neo-colonialism will be brought to shame.
“These mouthpieces of imperialism and neo-colonialism bent on portraying our country as a jungle of lawlessness and anarchy will be brought to shame,” he said.
Cde Chihuri said the continuous call to United Nations duties signifies the trust and confidence that this international body has on Zimbabwe Republic Police. He also said the country would continue to support United Nations in such operations.
The Police Commissioner attributed the continued faith in ZRP to high-level of professional aptitude, integrity and commitment.
Cde Chihuri urged the officers to continue to do what is right and avoid being disturbed by these empty and misguided utterances.
He implored the departing officers to uphold the characteristic good name of the country and the force during their one-year stay in the foreign countries.
“Your professional conduct and behaviour during your mission should be beyond reproach,” said Cde Chihuri.
Only six of the 28 police officers are females, a situation which, Cde Chihuri said, called for redress.
In that regard, Cde Chihuri urged females who meet the requisite qualifications to take up the challenge and submit their names for the selection tests, which are voluntary.
The departing contingent comprises 18 officers who will be going to Kosovo, six to East Timor, two to Liberia and two to Sudan.