HARARE - Epworth residents have accused the local police of promoting prostitution and drug dealing at a local precinct.
Residents told a stakeholders meeting with top Zimbabwe Republic Police officers that debauchery was happening at the Overspill Police Base.
Priscilla Rongoti, a paralegal at Justice for Children, told the gathering that the police were turning a blind eye while some were partaking in the action.
“There is a silver sedan that is always parked at Overspill that is used as a mobile brothel by ladies of the night and an unidentified man,” she said.
“Sometimes even the police partake in using the car in full view of the residents.”
Rongoti said they have always complained of the misconduct happening at Overspill but their reports keep falling on deaf ears.
She said they have even petitioned the police but the car has remained a permanent attraction at the police base.
The paralegal said children continue to see such unscrupulous activities being conducted at a police station and were raised to think that it is legal because no one is doing anything to stop it.
A pastor based in the area also said the police are also ignoring drug dealing in the area.
He said dealers operate freely at their bases and the police act like they do not know what is happening.
“An officer can pass a dealer who is peddling illicit drugs on the street and does not even get bothered,” the pastor said.
“If such behaviour is left to go on, Epworth will not develop but will continue to be associated with vice.”
Inspector Spencer Nyararai, officer-in-charge at the Epworth Police Station promised to look into the matter immediately.
Nyararai told the residents that they should not be afraid to approach a higher ranking police officer to report such matters if they have not been dealt with to their satisfaction.
“You are the residents of Epworth and we are here to serve you,” Inspector Nyararai said.
“If anything of this nature continues to happen report it to the police or better still take us to this car so that we apprehend the culprits while in the act.”