THE Government is set to procure more vehicles for the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) whose depleted fleet is affecting the force in executing its mandate.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Deputy Minister Ruth Maboyi said this on Wednesday during the National Assembly’s Question and Answer session.
She was responding to legislators who asked her on measures being implemented to curb the increase in cases of armed robberies.
The Deputy Minister said smuggling of guns into the country was contributing to the rise in armed robbery cases.
“Indeed, there is an increase in armed robbery and as police, we are also disturbed by this issue. I once responded to this question. There are a lot of guns and it looks like guns are coming in through various places. However, as a Ministry, we are seized with the matter,” said Deputy Minister Maboyi.
“We hope to have more vehicles very soon. We have been promised by the Ministry of Finance (and Economic Development) that we will receive a fleet of vehicles soon. The other thing is, yes the police say they do not have transport but some police stations have vehicles but they are very few. So, we are looking at that, indeed we are not happy with that.”
She said Government is implementing a strategy to weed out the armed robbers but for security reasons she would not spell out the plan.