BREAKING: Soldiers back to barracks as Operation Restore Legacy ends

BREAKING: Soldiers back to barracks as Operation Restore Legacy ends
Published: 18 December 2017 (669 Views)
The Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services says Operation Restore Legacy, which was launched on the  13th of last month, has come to an end.

Addressing a press conference on behalf of the Defence and Security Services at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks this morning, Commander Zimbabwe National Army Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda said Operation Restore Legacy has achieved its purpose to apprehend criminals around the former President Mugabe and there is now change of guard in the country’s leadership.

"While some of the individuals have been accounted for, others skipped the country. This notwithstanding, the objectives of the operation have to a large extent been achieved. Besides the above-mentioned objective, Operation Restore Legacy has had wider implications on the political, economic and social activities of our people. In this regard a new political dispensation has been ushered-in to take Zimbabwe into its rightful place with SADC and the world at large," he said.

Lieutenant General Sibanda, flanked by other members of the security services, also revealed that police is back to its normal law enforcement duties since normalcy has returned to the country.

"Today as the defence forces handover all normal day to day policing duties to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, we urge all our citizens to allow for a smooth transition. Members of the public are urged to respect, support and cooperate with the police as they execute their constitutional mandate.

"On the other hand, the Zimbabwe Republic Police are expected to fully take over their responsibility and perform according to their constitutional mandate and Client Service Charter," said Lieutenant General Sibanda.

Lieutenant General Sibanda thanked all Zimbabweans for their support, patience and understanding during the five weeks of the operation.

He reminded Zimbabweans to be vigilant and to report any suspicious objects and individuals to law enforcement agents saying some members of the G40 cabal that had surrounded the former head of state are now bad-mouthing the country from foreign lands where their intentions to harm the peace and tranquility that exist in the country have been pronounced.

Lieutenant General Sibanda said it is the duty of every Zimbabwean to ensure that such malcontents and saboteurs are not allowed to succeed.

He urged Zimbabweans to remain united and peaceful as the country prepares for the 2018 harmonised elections, adding that the elections must be conducted in an environment of peace and tranquility.

- zbc

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