ZRP drops O level requirements (23-11-06)

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has approved a grand plan to recruit into its ranks members of the notorious youth brigades without 'O' Level qualifications.
Once the most elite policing operation in southern Africa, the force has failed to attract school leavers from Matabeleland an

d Midlands regions, and Staff Officer Recruiting Superintendent Mazhazhate was recently heard pleading with temporary teachers to join the low-paying ZRP. The appeal was met with stiff public resistance.
Asked to comment, Senior Assistant Commissioner Justice Chengeta, who is the Chief Staff Officer Human Resources at Police Headquarters said the ZRP had a diversified culture.
“If we see it necessary it will be alright to recruit those youths, anyway policy issues pertaining to my organization are not to be discussed in newspapers,” he said.
Previously, the ZRP has gained an enviable international reputation for its United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and observation duties.
“That international reputation is at risk if we allow people with semi-literate backgrounds to join the force,” said a recruitment officer based in Bulawayo.
“The problem with recruitment in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces are of both political and economic concern to the locals. These regions suffered the 1982-6 Gukurahundi genocide that saw close to 20 000 people being butchered by the North Korean-trained 5th Brigade soldiers.”
The recruitment plan would split the force into two separate camps, said one professional. “The schooled youths are professional in outlook and the unschooled are people with the ruling party outlook. The latter are dangerous in that they are extremely partisan,” said a former Recruiting Staff Officer who is now a human resources consultant. – CAJ News

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