Police Raise Red Flag Over Their Welfare

By Staff Reporter

Police officers in Rusape have expressed disgruntlement over their welfare as frontline personnel during the Covid 19 lockdown.

In an interview with Post on Sunday, a police officer (name withheld) said they were being subjected to unworthy working conditions at roadblocks.

“It was during parade when we were offered Biscuits, jolly juice and mutetenherwa (roast peanuts) to cater for the seven of us. It has been hunger since day one of the lockdown,” he said.

This is one amongst many cases where police officers have been degraded to the state of beggars at roadblocks.

It is only 48 hours ago when a post went viral in social media showing a police officer asking for food from a woman at a checkpoint before asking for her letter of exemption.

“My daughter was stopped by police at a checkpoint this morning on her way to work. They were not interested in her letter of exemption but rather begged her for food. She had to give them what she had.”

Early this week Zengeza West legislator, Job Sikhala told Post on Sunday that he witnessed another officer receiving a bribe at a checkpoint and said they were being exposed to extortion and bribery.

Officers who refused to be named for fear of victimisation said all those who were parading however refused to accept such meager proceeds.

Police officers are part of the frontline personnel who are at high risk of contracting Covid 19 due to the nature of their duties.

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