CID HQ OPENS AFTER 19 YEARS !
Government will finance Zimbabwe Republic Police’s projects to ensure increased crime detection and case conclusions.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the commitment while addressing members of the national police force at the official opening of the new nine-floor CID Headquarters in the capital yesterday.
The construction process began 19 years ago, was scheduled to finish in 2001 but financial challenges resulted in the massive delays.
“I want to start by congratulating Cde Tandabantu Godwin Matanga on his elevation from the rank of Acting Commissioner General to substantive Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
“His confirmation comes as a double celebration as we are also gathered to witness the birth of the brand new modern and spacious Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters and Forensic Science Laboratory.
“While we say congratulations to ZRP for the double fortune restored on it, we are equally conscious of the great expectations of society for the newly appointed commissioner general to hit the ground running like myself by providing much needed investigative and forensic science laboratory service to our nation,” he said.
President Mnangagwa added that mistakes made by ZRP should not be buried or glossed over but should be laid out for public scrutiny.
ED said that he has been a victim of six break-ins and there were no conclusions to the cases.
In his speech, Commissioner General Matanga acknowledged the problem of cybercrime, which he said is a result of new-age technology.
“When news of High School boys hacking into computer systems started filtering into the country some of us quickly dismissed the stories as we buried our heads in the sand.
“We never saw the magnitude or the threat of cybercrime that such activities pointed to.
“We now understand the real dangers caused by cybercrime to businesses, individuals and financial institutions,” Matanga said.
Matanga is however, pleased with the government’s measures to respond to the threat of cybercrime by availing funds to complete the science laboratory.