Kwekwe municipal police on ZACC firing line



A Kwekwe Resident has petitioned the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to reign in two City of Kwekwe municipal police personnel over allegations of corruption.

Anyway Chikwiriro said he had reported corruption against the City of Kwekwe’s municipal police to ZACC and ZRP after he had reported the case to the management of the City of Kwekwe which did not act against the alleged culprits.

He added that instead, he is facing increasing reprisals from the members of the municipal police.

Chikwiriro further mentioned that he is being coerced withdraw the report made in exchange for receiving his goods that were confiscated.

Members of the municipal police previously fingered and arrested of corruption are still at work and did not receive any sanctions for being involved in corruption.

The report was also made to the Tendai Reuben Mbofana led Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA).

It is said that Vendors working from undesignated areas contribute US$1 per person to the municipal police for them to give a blind eye to illegal vending activities.

The report noted that vendors who work from areas around PG Complex, PicknPay supermarket, TM Supermarket, Spar Supermarket, and OK Supermarket are the ones affected by the practice.

According to Chikwiriro vendors pay US$5 to recover confiscated goods but are not issued receipts as proof of payments.

In his petition Affidavit dated November 11 2020 Chikwiriro indicated three City of Kwekwe’s municipal police officers, particularly officers nicknamed as ‘Mudizidzi’, ‘Give’ and ‘Mawachi’.

According to the affidavit the trio have gained notoriety for soliciting bribes from vendors, punishing those refusing to pay bribes.

Efforts to get a comment from the City of Kwekwe, Mayor Angeline Kasipo were fruitless by the time of publishing.