We were cheated — Cops

HARARE - Some of the 700 police officers  deployed to the African Union Region V Youth Games in Bulawayo have said they only received a fifth of the earnings that were on offer during the 10-day event.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) reportedly slashed the cops’ pot from $55 a day to $10, but the police said they also paid for food and accommodation over and above the payments made to each cop.

The Sports and Recreation Commission is said to have put $385 000 for the 700 officers but only $70 000 was paid out.

Elkanah Dube, the CEO of the Youth Games organising committee declined to comment, referring questions to Khonzani Ncube, the chairperson of the organising committee.

She said she does not comment on matters that were of a security nature.

She referred questions to the officer commanding Bulawayo, senior assistant commissioner Stephen Mutamba, who was unreachable for comment.

Mandlenkosi Moyo, the Bulawayo police spokesperson,  told the Daily News that he was not at liberty to comment, saying the Youth Games were a national event, requiring comment from the national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi.

Nyathi referred the Daily News to national police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba.

Charamba said the officers deployed to the Youth Games were paid, and also got meals. Accommodation was also paid for officers from out of Bulawayo.

She said the officers were paid what was paid to the police.

“The money was fully accounted for,” Charamba told the Daily News.

“The fact is that I was speaking to the pro-pol. Every officer got their money after debriefing, they got food. That is what we got. Some who came from afar, their accommodation was catered for.”

Police officers were deployed at every park where the games were played, and ensured it was is a very safe tournament.

A police source told the Daily News: “It’s unfair. We can’t complain to our superiors and we hope you can help us get all our money. ”

Another cop said: “We went to Ross Camp and were given $10 instead of $55. Someone kept $45 from each of the 700 officers deployed there. You do the maths. It’s a lot of money. It’s so, so unfair.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe came out second on the Youth Games medal table with a total of 93 medals. South Africa led the games after bagging 121 decorations, while

Angola, which will host the games in 2016, finished third with 20 medals.

Comments (15)

surely this is very bad.even the medical volunteers were paid nothing.surely working 24hrs a day for free.please respect us.worried medical doctor.

m dube - 17 December 2014

Volunteers demanding money.............only in Zimbabwe

Marshall - 17 December 2014

We was robbed! Kkkkkkkkkkkk. Endai mundotora mari ku matollgate enyu neku maATM enyu (roadblocks). Hedeee!

Mupuruvheya - 17 December 2014

kungo mhanyirira kwese kwese. ndimi makuvadza nyika nenzara. still if some politicians call them they will go and work for nuts. sorry maningi.

zvirozviyedzwa - 17 December 2014

Charity Charamba you shall be judged harshly by God for your very uncharitable behaviour towards the lower ranks!

Johno - 17 December 2014

This is a result of a creation of corrupt system in all government institutions. When ever there are funds available someone steal, next person do the same when such monies reaches the end user its finished. If they are building a bridge only money for 1 bag of cement will reach the end user. As for Chihuri i feel sorry for him since he had been perceived to be sympathetic to mujuru. This could be a "spark plug" to ignite his final push off the office. 700 Officers crying to the public that their money has been stolen. I think a team of 700 offcers investigating if indeed their monies was stolen can make arrests within 10 minutes. I dont know what is stopping them to make such probe. they are the police.

X-MAN IV - 17 December 2014

Vapfana ichi chinohi chipurisa chinotungamirigwa nemhondi Chihuri ko matimavonei kudochechema kupedza nguva imwi itai huori murizii kana basa rapera rapera

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 17 December 2014

I feel that our police force is now used to getting so much money illegally that they forget to acknowledge the fact that they get their salaries at monthend. They are so used ti giving Highlanders a bad time that they forgot to differentiate with the recent games.

Mendeka - 18 December 2014

So what, i was cheated at the roadblocks of my hard earned cash

Ethan - 18 December 2014

Appreciate what you got guys after all you pocketing at road blocks but we (the public ) are very aware of all this .Its your mandate after all consider all the benefits you have free transport even on your pay day ,free uniform ,etc.

sydney shonai - 18 December 2014

Charity Charamba haan mukanwa I wonder where she educated. But Mboko pamboko dzese ndeiri rinonzi Grace Ndebele (Depot training Commander). Pauchasiya basa...ka.........! Vana Grace mune problem

Ndazvitaura - 18 December 2014

Kumhanira kunosunga vamwe hanzi corruption and abuse of office nuchisiya imwi vasungwa vakuru hahahahahahah

Corrupt free - 18 December 2014

What comes around goes around. You 'officers' get money by evil ways at the numerous roadblocks around the country, so don't complain. We need a progressive society that has ethics and to take on corruption before we eat ourselves!!!!!

Mhondoro Ngezi Scribe - 18 December 2014

These are the same cops who propped up this corrupt system and govt officials. maybe they will understand when the public seek to demonstrate for a better governance and accountability

ZIM ZIM - 18 December 2014

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