Chiyangwa blasts police over gate-takings

HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Philip Chiyangwa last night blasted police after officers demanded payment soon after the Warriors match against Swaziland.

By the time of going to print, Zifa chief cashier only identified as Saika was still locked in the cash office at the National Sports Stadium as determined police officers refused to release him unless they got their dues for providing security during the tie.

Zimbabwe won the match 4-0 with goals from Knowledge Musona, Costa Nhamoinesu, Evans Rusike and Khama Billiart to ensure Calisto Pasuwa’s charges seize control of Group L in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Cup qualifiers.

The behaviour exhibited by the police officers did not go down well with Chiyangwa who questioned the security personnel’s sincerity in helping develop sport in the country.

“Police should be able to protect people without being paid. This cannot be allowed to continue, who will protect the people when police demand money like this,” Chiyangwa fumed.

“During the Mighty Warriors’ match, police collected 40 percent of gate takings, now they are at it again. I will order the Zifa secretariat not to hire them again.

“It’s better to use private security. police officers cannot grab large chunks of money when the real players don’t get anything. Do the police play football?

“We have not paid the players who won the match but the police want to be the first to get paid. What is this, do they not have a duty to protect the people for free, they get salaries at the end of the month and why should citizens pay them extra?”

Comments (18)

Even in UK police are paid, but not percentage but just a flat fee to cover their costs. For an example a game in birmingham between Aston Villa and Chelsea police will be given a flat fee of £10 000 and this type of game can generate more than £1 million, thats about 1% of the revenue collected. Izvi zve ZRP kuda 40%, ummm

Hezvo - 29 March 2016

Yes Boss Phidza is right police should negotiate for a better % of the amount not 40% its jus too much its Better Boss Phidza and ZIFA Hire a private security so we see where the greedy police can get that 40%. To hell with you porisi

Lager - 30 March 2016

i just wanted to know if police are paid when they cover political rallies.

butros - 30 March 2016

pay players only police are nonsesnse

marcus - 30 March 2016

look,we have some of the forces vasina kana zvavanoswera vachiita but are being paid.blackboost in masheast,mainicaland.tovaona vakagara the whole day.nowadays vanhu havachita noise inoda police.so those guys should compansate time yavanenge vakagara nekuenda kunoshanda ku stadium

ADMIRE MUNONYARA - 30 March 2016

This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of peopl

Chemical Solution - 30 March 2016

When people talk of corruption they point at other organisations ZRP is the most corrupt organisation in Zimbabwe. It is very simple to carry out an assessment of how corrupt ZRP Officers are. Compare any other civil servant with a Masters or PhD qualification and has been working for 25 years with a Junior Traffic Officer and see the differences in assets accumulated. Even if you commit any serious crime and you know which Police Officers to approach your case will never be heard again. Instead of being happy that I have seen people of importance, I get irritated every time I see police officers even though very few of them are still doing their best at work.

Highfields - 30 March 2016

CITY COUNCIL GETS 20% FOR ALL MATCHES PLAYED AT RUFARO NOW THEY GOT NOTHING SINCE THE MATCH WAS PLAYED AT NSS , DUMP PLICE AND USE PRIVATE GUARDS WTH DOGS

zidane - 30 March 2016

CITY COUNCIL GETS 20% FOR ALL MATCHES PLAYED AT RUFARO NOW THEY GOT NOTHING SINCE THE MATCH WAS PLAYED AT NSS , DUMP PLICE AND USE PRIVATE GUARDS WTH DOGS

zidane - 30 March 2016

Who pays the police during the heroes celebrations at NSSS, at political rallies, when there is riots or demos in town?

tendai mhosva - 1 April 2016

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