Belarus to help transform ZRP into a modern, people’s force

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VICTORIA Falls: Zimbabwe has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Belarus with a view to transforming the Zimbabwe Republic Police into a modern and people’s force.

Belarus was last year named among top ten countries with the lowest crime rate and high safety and security level in the Crime Index for Country 2017 compiled by Numbeo.

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As part of the deal, Belarus will facilitate transformation of ZRP through skills training and equipment as the two countries seek to help each other to fight crime locally and internationally.

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu and the Belarus Internal Affairs Minister Igor Schunevich signed the MoU on Monday on the side lines of the Southern African Confederation of African Farmers Union (SACAU) annual conference in Victoria Falls.

This was in the presence of President Emerson Mnangagwa who had just finished delivering a speech to officially open the conference.

“We had discussions in the morning agreed that Zimbabwe will be sending officers to Belarus to identify programmes where we need cooperation with Belarus.

“There will be a crack force that will be sent to Belarus for training on various areas of expertise in the next few days,” he said.

Mpofu said through the MoU, Belarus will help government to restructure the police force into a police service after it lost trust with the citizens due to allegations of corruption.

Mpofu said the two countries will help each other in fighting general crime, trafficking of drugs and human beings as well as anti-terrorism.

He said the government was elated by modern police training facilities in Belarus which will help modernise the local police and be able to deal with riotous activities that are dogging many African countries.

Speaking through an interpreter, Schunevich said the MoU was the first of its kind with an African country.