Police condemn forced funding

policeHARARE - Members of the police force have expressed concern at what they described as forced funding of the daily administration of the police. (Pictured: Zimbabwe Republic Police members)

A senior police officer at Chikurubi Support Unit, revealed that all members were forced to donate US$1 every month for the procurement of office stationery and other essential items. “We are told that the national budget announced by minister of finance, Tendai Biti, did not cater for administrative requirements of the police. It has been made mandatory that every police man must contribute towards the running of the force. Police officers feel robbed by the arrangement,” he said.

The police has a number of income generating projects such as farms, garrison and canteen shops and regularly conducts family shows across the country. The shows include police displays, music, horse riding and other entertainment. Despite improvement of the welfare of uniformed forces following the formation of the inclusive government, the state of police dressing remains an eye sore. The force has no uniforms for its members.

“The situation is so desperate that torn uniforms are a common sight among officers. Some members have been authorized to operate in civilian clothes to cover up for the uniform shortage. When a few new uniforms trickle into the quarter master, only high ranking officers benefit,” another source said.

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