Police officers were forced to pay US$5 towards the Police Commissioner-General’s Annual Funfair held last week at Morris Depot in Harare, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.
Sources in the police force said each police station was given raffle tickets which cost US$5 each and asked to bring cash equivalent to the number of tickets.
“Each police station was given tickets and asked to hand in cash and this forced those in charge to ask every police officer at the stations to buy the tickets,” the source said.
“This is not the first time this has happened; last year we were asked to buy tickets long after the funfair’s Ford Ranger prize had been won.”
Meanwhile, police officers who graduated last week at a passout parade were told to buy the boots and hats they were given to wear on that day.
The ZRP usually supplies uniforms for free, but lately — in a desperate attempt to raise funds — officers graduating have been told to buy their own uniforms despite their low salaries.
“We thought the uniforms would be for free as usual, but we will have to part with hard-earned cash to purchase them,” said a police officer who preferred anonymity.
However, police spokesperson Charity Charamba described allegations that some police officers were forced to buy raffle tickets as “nonsense”, adding that police officers’ uniform is not for sale.
“There is nothing like that, police officers are not sold uniforms,” Charamba said.
“The police uniform is government property. It’s not supposed to be sold. If it’s being sold that means perhaps there is corruption within the system.”