A police officer said at the peak of the tobacco farming season, most police officers spent most of their working hours at the farm and yet crime was not being attended to due to lack of manpower.
He said the move had destroyed the officers’ confidence and they were afraid to complain for fear of being transferred to remote stations or risk disciplinary action.
The officer said the public had lost respect and confidence in the police officers working at the farm, recently seized from the former white commercial farmer and owner, Bob Nott.
He said there were a lot of unemployed people who could do the job in a more productive way.
The officers blamed the Mashonaland East Provincial Police Administration Officer, Assistant Commissioner Theresa Mthombeni, for turning a blind eye to the unprofessional practice.
However, another police officer said there was nothing unusual about police officers being engaged as farm workers at a project beneficial to their welfare.Post published in: News