A Mount Darwin police officer is in trouble with his employers after he bravely used MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s face on his phone WhatsApp status, accompanying it with the defiant message #Ngaapinde hake Mukomana.
The trending hashtag, literally meaning ‘let him in as new President’ was coined recently by the MDC Alliance faithful to add impetus to the 43-year-old politician’s campaign for the 2023 elections.
For associating himself with the message, Constable Spenser Chiteera now faces disciplinary action under his employers.
Although some police officers who have sided with Zanu PF have often escaped with no charges, it is a chargeable offence under the Police Act to openly display political partisanship.
Chiteera is not the first police officer to be in trouble with his bosses for showing support for Chamisa.
During the period ahead of the 2018 elections, a police constable was summoned before a disciplinary hearing over claims he allowed a campaign van for the MDC Alliance to enter a police station.
Constable Tomy was on guard duties at the Mashonaland West Camps and Hostels in Chegutu when he allegedly permitted an Isuzu pick-up truck emblazoned with stickers of Chamisa to be driven into the camp on July 8.
In another incident 2018, John Mahlabera, a Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services officer was also dismissed from his job over a tweet in which he referred to Chamisa “my president’.
This was after he got convicted on two counts of undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa and posting a tweet viewed by his superiors as disloyal to Mnangagwa.
A senior police officer was also once forcibly evicted from her home at the Ntabazinduna police camp 40 km outside Bulawayo following accusations she was an MDC-T sympathizer and regularly plays MDC-T party songs.