Parliament Wants To Know Why Joseph Nemaisa Was Fired
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa (Independent) has requested that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage bring a ministerial statement explaining why former CID detective Joseph Nemaisa was fired.
Despite being fired from the police a few years ago, Nemaisa became famous last year after he single-handedly gunned down three heavily armed robbers who had held his family hostage.
Speaking during a question and answer session in Parliament a few weeks ago, Mliswa demanded an explanation from the government about why an expert in dealing with armed robbers was sacked. Said Mliswa:
We have got experts who are good at dealing with armed robbers. One of them is Nemaisa.
Why can you not bring Nemaisa back to the police? Nemaisa was fired because of Delish Nguwaya. When he arrested Nguwaya at the time, Nemaisa was fired over a personal issue.
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We would want to know why one of the best experts in dealing with homicide was fired. I would want you to give us a Ministerial Statement.
What wrong did Nemaisa do in terms of his conduct with the police? Not only that, but why was he fired?
If there was anything Madam Speaker, I think it was a personal issue where he arrested Nguwaya and he was then fired.
We now lost a top cop who was experienced in terms of homicide.
I know that this country has got some of the best homicide people but all of them have been purged because of personal differences and so forth.
Mliswa claimed that policing has sharply deteriorated since Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga took over from his self-exiled predecessor Augustine Chihuri. Said Mliswa:
Right now, we are going through the worst policing ever in this country under Commissioner General Matanga.’
During the days of Augustine Chihuri, whether you like it or not, there was no such crime.
Chihuri could have been anything but there was control in the police and there was discipline.
Whether it was corrupt or not, there was still discipline with the corruption in the police because he was in total control.
Right now, there is no total control of the police in this country. We need the Minister to come up with a Ministerial Statement in terms of the firearms database of this country.
It is very important. We need a database of the firearms in this country, those which are registered and those which are not and we are able to account. Without doing that we will have even our own kids having guns.
There needs to be an audit of the firearms in this country for those licensed and those not licensed for us to deal with these armed robberies.
In her response to the request, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Ruth Mavhunga-Maboyi promised to bring the statement to Parliament.
She, however, said she does not know who Nemaisa is or what he used to do.
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