Corruption and the security sector: Who will police the police?


Corruption and the security sector: Who will police the police?

 “The police have lost sight of the fact that they are public servants.”

A COMPLICIT and abused security apparatchiks in any country – Zimbabwe included – can carry more damage than the most powerful atomic bomb ever assembled.

Recent events involving our men and women in the security sector have sent shock waves right across the Zimbabwe, leaving the entire country to pick up the pieces.

We deliberately lay aside, at least for now, the most hot Dubai-bound Henrietta Rushwaya gold swindle.

In July, Assistant Commissioner Obeylaw Moyo, Superintendent Naboth Nyachega, Detective Assistant Inspector Claudius Manjonga, Detective Constable Aaron Karuru and two others were all implicated in Kuwadzana suburb land scam.

The top cops were reportedly part of senior council officials, a prosecutor and a Harare magistrate who each benefited from a combined US$1 million residential stands plunder.

Then there is the case of Commissioner Chrispen Charumbira, the director of Criminal Investigation Department.

This very senior police officer would reportedly go about accepting bribes, ostensibly for protection, for gold and drug dealers.

It is also said Charumbira even had the audacity to hire out CID officers to the highest bidders, including Mutare-based gold and diamond dealer, David Crosby.

In fact, Crosby was so protected that besides having a whole team of police officers giving him their back at Harare Police Headquarters, he also had a permanent CID officer stationed at his business premises in the city.

But for a man pushing 30kg gold per month in Mutare alone, whatever amount of money he pays as kickback for the favours he gets back surely amounts to nothing.

And then back to the Rushwaya gold-heist saga.

Rushwaya was arrested on Monday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai.

The arrest of Rushwaya has since implicated top security officers, among them Police Superintendent Douglas Shoko and Detective Chief Inspector Paul Chimhungu, Gift Karanda and Stephen Chenjerai Tserayi from the Central Intelligence Organisation.

Then, the one question that begs the answer is: Who then will guard the guards?

There is no shortage of despicable State security agents in Zimbabwe.

Perhaps Steven Magee said it best: “The police have lost sight of the fact that they are public servants.”

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