Mliswa raises a stink in Parliament- says Police chief covering up for former boss Chihuri


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THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI): Thank you Madam Speaker, again I want to thank the Hon. Member for the question.  Madam Speaker the only person that is immune from arrest and prosecution is the His Excellency the President.  Everyone else is not according to our Constitution.  In that regard like my previous response Hon. T. Mliswa will do national service if he has got evidence of the misdemeanors that were done by the current Commissioner General if that can be brought forward.

In this case he said the case is with ZACC, so I suggest that we await the investigations that ZACC is doing and when they have completed I can then take it from there.  I thank you.

HON. MADZIMURE: I thank you Madam Speaker.  It is policy that when someone in office is accused and his position does affect his current or is related to his current position; the person is expected to go on leave to allow for smooth investigations?  Is the Ministry of Justice, or Home Affairs considering to ask the Commissioner General to go on leave so that we allow for proper and effective investigations in the allegations that are being laid against the Commissioner General?

THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. ZIYAMBI): Thank you Madam Speaker, what Hon. Madzimure said is correct and is not correct.  When investigations are still in the early stages, without having gathered sufficient evidence to warrant that somebody be sent on leave, you wait until you have sufficient evidence to say okay, there is indeed something that we feel is wrong.  Also in this case it is not the police that are investigating according to the information that we got here from Hon. T. Mliswa, it is the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.  The Commission has its own investigators and it has the liberty of inviting anyone to assist them in their investigation.  The core function of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is to investigate, once they believe that there is sufficient evidence to refer the docket to the prosecutor general and possibly arrest then they will do that.

My plea to them is that Hon. T. Mliswa has indicated that there is some work that is happening, let us just be patient and await those investigations and then we can interrogate the matter. I thank you.

The Acting Speaker and the Hon. Deputy Speaker exchanged seats.

HON. T. MLISWA: Thank you very much it is just that I wish we would know when there is a handover and takeover then we say bye, bye or welcome to the other one.  But unfortunately welcome Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you.

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