THE Officer Commanding Police in Bulawayo, Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mutamba, has called on the hospitality industry to work closely with the law enforcement agents to fight crime. Cooperation with police could help bring to book criminals, some of whom are on the police wanted list, he said.
Snr Asst Comm Mutamba urged players in the hospitality sector to inform the police when criminals stay at their hotels.
“As security forces, we would like to appeal to hoteliers to report to the police guests they suspect to be criminals. Some of the criminals that police details look for would have slept in hotels,” he said.
Snr Asst Comm Mutamba said this at a city hotel during a function organised by the Catering Employers’ Association of Zimbabwe president, Joe Kahwema, to congratulate him for scooping this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Fair award.
The city’s top cop was awarded the “Outstanding Destination Image Builder of the Year” courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority for his achievement in combating crime in the province and contributing immensely to building the country’s image as a safe tourism destination.
“So, once in a while let’s get together so that we share ideas,” said Snr Asst Comm Mutamba.
He said the award he scooped was for the police and other security agents because the forces worked together as a Joint Operation Command in combating crime.
Senior officers from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service and other security agents attended the function.
In an interview on the sidelines of the function, Kahwema said they appreciated the prevailing peaceful environment as a result of efforts of the security forces.
“Following the award that he scooped at this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel and Tourism Fair, I called him and congratulated him for the achievement.
“We’ve thus decided to congratulate him and the entire security sector in our own way (through a get together) so that we strengthen relationship between us and the security forces,” he said.