Cops cry foul over withheld poll allowances

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SOME members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) who provided security during the July 31 harmonised elections have not received their allowances although the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has reportedly remitted the allowances to the ZRP.

REPORT BY NUNURAI JENA/WONAI MASVINGISE

The disgruntled officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, complained their allowances had been withheld by their employer under unclear circumstances.

They said they had it on good authority that Zec had remitted the allowances to the ZRP, but the money did not filter down to the officers on the ground.

“I did not get a cent for the nine days I worked during the harmonised elections, but some members of the Special Constabulary were given first preference although they were not paid all their allowances” said an officer based at Chinhoyi Police Station.

Contacted for comment, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the development yesterday saying the ZRP had withheld some of the allowances after receiving reports that some of the officers had not reported at their assigned workstations during the election period.

“Most of them (police officers) did not go to where they had been deployed. We had paying teams on the ground who were paying those who were on duty,” said Charamba.

“Some who were deployed did not go and some were not found where they were supposed to be. In Harare, for example, some were deployed outside of Harare and they decided not to go where they had been deployed. Maybe there could be some genuine cases, but if these are genuine cases, they know where to report. They should not report to newspapers.”

Zec finance director Stephen Goneso said: “We paid those we directly engaged first before they escorted paying officers. We have also disbursed the allowances for those who came through the police.”

The police officers yesterday claimed they were each entitled to a daily $40 allowance.

This comes amid reports that some disgruntled police officers had besieged Zec offices in Makonde district, Mashonaland West, demanding their allowances.

31 COMMENTS

  1. musa vape kana cent.vazhinji vaipindira ma queues vachinyepa kuti vari kundovhotesa.madzimai avo aipfeka uniform vachipindira zvakare

  2. “Most of them (police officers) did not go to where they had been deployed. We had paying teams on the ground who were paying those who were on duty,” said Charamba.

    This statement shows that mupurisa anogona kuramba kuenda kwaanzi aende kunoshanda!! This is a tip of how unprofessional the BSAP(zrp) has become…zvakaoma..

  3. Kakata wakadaro nyika haidi nhema munofa nenzara nemapromise chete for the next five years rambai makashinga

  4. these are some of the police who are believed to be machinja( MDC-T) because they were very professional in discharging their duties not allowing rigging to take place which then culminated in the defeat of phillip chiyangwa. hanzi i punishment. thats how i see it

  5. Kana mukanzi macivil servants tirikukuwedzerai mari munoti “YE-EEEEEEEEEE” imi muchitadza kupiwa yamakashandira,saka yekuti muwedzerwe inobva kupi.Nyimwayi makaphata sitereki

  6. Fellow zimbabweans elections have come and gone. I have read some of us saying tongai tione or Tsvangirai nyudza gumbo mutangi or the west should keep the sanctions on Zimbabwe.
    What we are forgetting is that its not Mugabe or Tsvangirai who will feel the pinch but the rest of us whether Zanu or MDC formations we will all suffer. Unless the West will give material support to all MDC supporters then only then Zanu supporters will obvious feel the pinch
    Why are we calling for sanctions on our country? Zimbabweans should not blame the West lets blame for sanctions its amoung us who go to the West and ask for sanctions which will hate the people. Is it the POWER or the People?

  7. The police authorities stole the money,they are lying by saying they had paying teams deployed.Yakadyiwa mari iyi ende zvakaitirwa for political reasons,manje your downfall is now by the corner!!!

  8. ko kutii muservant ndokutii muslave zvee.makaa mama vafana dzungu sitereki basa rekurambidza chinja kucompainer kikiki tafanana kutonhorerwa maharaa inonz donatin to zanu and yo charamba vakaidya yose.ndozvamai chemera ini ndina sekuru vangu mupurisa hapana chadzakapiwa apa muzanu mukuru…ndoo kumama

  9. ko vanozviti Charamba ava hamukwanise here kusunga mapurisa aya akatiza basa kwavakange vadeployiwa. ko mari yavo iri kupi for interest sake?

  10. Dats why they made sure dat a few police officers vote during SV coz they new kuti bhora ratoenda musango guys musaone mapurisa achifamba moti anoda Zanu they are tired and fed up of their greedy superiors. Its only the nature of their jobs which autocratic leadership is used so imi mofunga kuti moyo yavo irikufara kurova vanhu except for a few vasina kukwanawo zvavo. You let these guys down by voting for Zanu they want freedom and they are not going to taste it for the next 5 yrs tight apa mari dzavo dzatotanga kudyiwa in 2 wks hameno paMAKORE MASHANU!!!!

  11. Kupererwa kwaCharity my knowledge as a former cop the election time was a sensitive job for cops and hakuna mupurisa anoregera kuenda kuduty raari deployed especially pane cash coz vaitotya kusara kumastation coz pareferundum vakasara havana kupiwa mari dzavo.So siste Charity learn to tell the media the truth

    • Kikiki. kikiki. Pamberi nemi mapurisa. Makahwinisa biti. zvakarwadza sekuru kusvika pamemwongo.

      Kikikiki kikikki kkkkkiiiiii

  12. anonzi charity charamba is shallow minded how can u say pple did not go where they were deployed, shuwa munhu angarambe kuenda kubasa pane mari shame on you. problem muri kupa vakadzi venyu mauniforms ndivo vamapurisa acho, ndivozve vane mbiri yekuguma thereby tarnishing the image of the force. why cant u be professional for once and do the right thing please for the goodness of the nation. police officers vanogara pakadoma whilst u a cruzing nemaRangers and u call youselves achievers.

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