Cops back on the streets and the army will babysit them

A joint statement by the Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Defence Forces says things have returned to normal following the resignation of Robert Mugabe and the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president.


It said:

We wish, therefore, to advise the nation that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is now assuming its role as stipulated in the Constitution of Zimbabwe under Section 219, which among other things mandate the Zimbabwe Republic Police to maintain Law and Order protect and secure the lives and property of the people. You will soon notice the ZDF and ZRP members conducting joint patrols, especially in the Harare Central Business District. We urge you all progressive Zimbabweans to respect the country’s laws and cooperate with our officers as they perform their duties. As Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Security Services, we play complementary roles in the defence and maintenance of law and order in our beloved country.

It also said reports of looting and illegal occupation were found:

Law enforcement agents are already receiving reports of looting and illegal occupation of other people’s properties particularly farms and houses. This behaviour is criminal and against the spirit of non-vengeful retribution and will be met by the full wrath of law.

An interesting phase for Zimbabwe.