HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean security services on Monday warned
Zimbabweans to abide by the country’s laws and desist from
criminal behavior following the deposing of former President
“Let us all remain
united and peaceful and respectful of our national laws and by
laws. Law enforcement agents are already receiving reports of
looting and illegal occupation of other people’s properties,
particularly farms and houses,” said Zimbabwe Defense Forces
spokesperson colonel Overson Mugwisi at a joint press conference
with the police.
“This behavior is
criminal and against the spirit of non vengeful retribution and
will be met by the full wrath of the law,” Mugwisi said.
Police (ZRP) spokesperson Charity Charamba said the situation in
the country had returned to normal following the inauguration of
Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim president on Nov. 24.
She said police were
therefore resuming their normal duties after stopping them when
the military launched an operation on Nov. 15 that culminated in
the resignation of Mugabe on Nov. 21.
“We wish therefore
to advise the nation that the ZRP is now assuming its role as
stipulated in the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” Charamba said.
“You will soon
notice the ZDF and ZRP members conducting joint patrols
especially in Harare’s 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,” she
reports last week said a wheat farm belonging to Mugabe’s
daughter Bona had been burnt down by unknown assailants while
the homes of some cabinet ministers targeted by the military
operation had been raided.