By Lloyd Takawira
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage minister Hon. Kazembe Kazembe has attracted a flurry of criticism following his remarks that the Zimbabwean Police respect the people.
Minister Kazembe Kazembe said that contrary to some reports, Zimbabwe Republic Police officers are not brutal.
Speaking to the media after a tour of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters and Police General Headquarters during the week Kazembe Kazembe said:
“l want us to look at other nations, I will not mention names, at what they do when people behave in the manner that our people sometimes behave. You will realize that Zimbabwe is not anywhere near that.
“What I have realized is that our police respect the people and they are not brutal. What other people do is that they ignore the police when they try to contain the situation.”
However, the minister’s remarks drew a lot of criticism from different sections of the economy.
The opposition MDC said it was appalled by Kazembe Kazembe’s remarks calling them absurd.
Human Rights activists were quick to condemn the minister’s assertion saying his utterances where inconsiderate.
Kazembe Kazembe’s remarks came barely a week after the government had received international condemnation for its heavy handedness following the brutal manner in which it employed to disperse Opposition supporters who had gathered outside their party offices last week .