Junior policemen fume at ‘cruelty’

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe police commissioner Augustine Chihuri has banned police officers, who are among some of the lowest paid civil servants in the country, from their customary free travel on public buses.
In a strongly worded internal memo to all police stations at the weekend, Chihuri ordered a

ll police officers to pay the required fares on public transport or face tough disciplinary measures.
“Free rides are banned forthwith and disciplinary action will be taken against those who defy this order,” read part of the signal.
Police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena, said the order came after transport operators complained to the police that they were being harassed at roadblocks for overloading after police officers squeezed themselves into buses.
“We have been receiving numerous complaints from bus operators that some of our officers did not want to pay for their journeys. The clinging on bus doors by some of our junior members had become an eyesore.
“We also hope that since the officers will now be paying, they will also help stamp out the problem of overcharging by bus operators,” Bvudzijena said.
Police officers are among some of the lowest paid civil servants in Zimbabwe earning salaries of around Z$25 million a month against a poverty datum line of about Z$68 million.
The ban has irked junior police officers who said the move by Chihuri smacked of sheer cruelty and showed that their bosses were out of touch with the economic realities in the country.
“They do not care at all about our welfare because they enjoy company vehicles and free fuel,” fumed a constable in Bulawayo who refused to be named for fear of victimisation. – ZimOnline

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