Negotiating law, policing & morality in Africa

A Handbook for policing in Zimbabwe

Munyaradzi Mawere



The relationship between police and the public in formerly colonised countries of Africa has never been smooth. It is plagued with clichés of suspicion, mistrust, and brutality which are all a result of the legacy of draconian policing in colonial Africa. This colonial hangover has chiefly been an upshot of sluggish switching from the mantra of colonial policing to community progressive policing advocated in democratic societies. This book, the result of five years of ethnographic and library research on the interaction and relationships between police and members of the public in Zimbabwe.


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Munyaradzi Mawere, Associate Professor, Faculty of Culture and Heritage Studies, Great Zimbabwe University.