“Imagine an estimated 30 000 police wives being drafted into the Police Neighbourhood Watch Committee possibly to help Zanu (PF) manipulate the outcome of the next election,” said a senior police officer at Morris Deport, on condition of anonymity.
“Cash incentives that accompany the assignments would corrupt the members to help manipulate election results. Threats have already been made to those who refuse to join the Neighbourhood Watch,” he added.
The top cop revealed that the force was in the process of integrating current members of the Watch and casual labourers employed at police stations into the regular force in preparation for elections.
“Such recruitment is characteristic of the police in the run-up to elections. Such unpopular integrations were also carried out towards watershed elections like those of March-June, 2008,” he added.Post published in: News