ISBN 9789956762057
Pages 158
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2015
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Negotiating Law, Policing and Morality in Africa

A Handbook for Policing in Zimbabwe

by Misheck P. Chingozha, 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, is a clarion call for a generative progressive working together between the police and the public for a peaceful and orderly society. While it traces the historical trends and nature of policing in Africa and in particular Zimbabwe, the book demonstrates how law, morality and policing enrich one another. The book offers critical insights in the interpretation of contemporary policing in Zimbabwe with a view to inform and draw lessons for both police and the public. It should be of interest not only to legal anthropologists but also political scientists, members of the public, police instructors, police officers, and students and educators in academic disciplines such as criminal justice, criminology, law, sociology, African studies, and leadership and conflict management.

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About the Authors

Misheck P. Chingozha

Misheck P. Chingozha holds an MBA and MSc. in Peace Leadership and Conflict Resolution from the Zimbabwe Open University, and a MSc. in Development Studies from the Women’s University in Africa. He is an incumbent Senior Officer at the Rank of Superintendent in the Police Force, and is the Deputy Officer Commanding responsible for administration for Masvingo East District. He Lectures part time in the Faculties of Commerce and Law, and Applied Social Sciences at the Zimbabwe Open University. His research interests lie in the areas of development, policing, gender, leadership, indigenous knowledge systems, and environmentally related issues.

Munyaradzi Mawere

Munyaradzi Mawere is a Professor in the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology; a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology; a second Master’s Degree in Philosophy; a third Master’s Degree in Development Studies; BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy; Certificate in Tertiary and Higher Learning; Certificate in Information Technology; and a Certificate in Diplomacy, Negotiation and Bargaining. He is an author of more than 50 books and over 200 academic publications straddling the following areas: poverty and development studies, African philosophy, cultural philosophy, democracy, politics of food production, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, urban anthropology, existential anthropology, environmental anthropology, society and politics, religion, decoloniality and African studies.

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