Chihuri warns media
that incite violence and anarchy in the country.
He urged Zimbabweans across the political divide to remain united and maintain peace saying those found on the wrong side of the law would be arrested.
“Some media houses publish articles inciting violence and anarchy which is not good.
“And if there was going to be anarchy and war, we would want to see how you are going to report it,” he said, citing an example of how people suffered and were killed during the country’s liberation struggle.
He was addressing police officers and recruits who recently returned on educational tours in Mozambique and Zambia.
The officers visited shrines where freedom fighters killed by the Rhodesian Forces during the liberation struggle were buried in the two countries.
Comm-Gen Chihuri said it was sad to note that 31 years since the country was freed from colonial bondage some journalists were still reporting negatively.
“Somebody writes that, ‘31 years of hell,” said Comm-Gen Chihuri in apparent reference to article published in the Daily News on Independence.
“Have you been in hell and know what it is?
“The sad memories (of the liberation struggle) are still fresh in our minds and we should never forget that gallant sons and daughters of this country lost their lives,” he said.
On violence, Comm-Gen Chihuri said President Mugabe, who is the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, had given enough warning against violence hence everyone must take heed.
“There are floating criminal brains that incite and perpetrate violence.
“In whatever forms or name, chaos, anarchy and commotion is not what they (freedom fighters) died for? Division and destabilisation of our nation is never part of the equation,” he said.
Comm-Gen Chihuri said everyone had a duty to keep peace, maintain law and order, regardless of the political affiliations.
“As leaders we should be exemplary in maintaining peace, law and order. We are not above the law and when we break the law we will be arrested, so we should not cry foul.
“They (freedom fighters) died for a democratic, peaceful, prosperous and orderly Zimbabwe. Never forget that,” Comm-Gen Chihuri said.
He said Britain and her Western allies imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe as a way of punishing people for repossessing “their birth right, the land.”
Sanctions, the police chief said, had caused untold suffering on the general people of Zimbabwe hence should be removed unconditional as demanded by the populace who appended their signatures on the National Anti-Sanctions Petition.
“It is regrettable that those who called for the sanctions are still voiceless and could not append their signatures.
“It is saddening to note that some people we defeated in the liberation war now jostle to occupy the moral high ground of preaching to us the tenets of democracy and good governance,” said Comm-Gen Chihuri.
The officers toured the liberation war shrines and saw for themselves how much blood was shed during the liberation struggle.
The police chief urged the officers to remain patriotic, loyal, dedicated and resolute despite challenges faced.