CHAOS marred Bulawayo police promotion examinations last Saturday after examination papers were reportedly leaked leading to the arrest of 12 police officers.
The examinations are held annually and are used to promote officers to higher positions. Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo could not be reached for comment, while national spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said investigations into the leakage of the examination papers were underway.
Constables who pass the tests are promoted to the rank of sergeant while sergeants are lifted to the position of assistant inspector. Constables wrote their promotion examinations on March 28 while the sergeants wrote theirs on April 6.
Authoritative police sources told the Zimbabwe Independent that the promotion tests were marred by chaos after police officers were found with examination papers before the sitting date.
The sources said the question papers, printed at the Police General Headquarters in Harare, were being sold for US$10 for 10 questions. The whole test consists of 50 questions.
â€œTwelve police officers were arrested following the examination papers leak and they are still being held at the Bulawayo Central Police Station,â€ one of the sources said.
Despite the discovery of the leak, the sources added, the examinations went ahead regardless.
â€œThe examinations were not called off much to the anger of other police officers who were forced to write under protest since they never had access to the test papers and who have since launched a complaint to senior police officers for a nullification of the results,â€ another source said.
BY HENRY MHARA AND NQOBANI NDLOVU