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THERE is disgruntlement within the rank and file of the ZRP in Bulawayo following the force’s decision to deploy Harare-based officers for the African Union Region V Youth Games which kick-off in the city on Thursday.

Police sources said about 1 500 officers from Harare have been selected to provide security services for the games at a lucrative allowance of $55 per day per cop.

While Harare has provided the bulk of the security personnel, the hosts Bulawayo will be providing only about 700 police officers.

Bulawayo officers who spoke to New Zimbabwe.com questioned the move to “import” cops from the capital when the local officers can easily provide the services and save the force from expenses such as transport and other related costs of bringing officers from their various bases in Harare.

“It boggles the mind why our bosses decided to bring outside officers when we are here. We know this deployment has been motivated by the issue of good allowances. I thought the Harare officers were going to benefit from the Zanu (PF) congress while we are going to benefit from this event which gives us the opportunity to make money for Christmas,” said a bitter officer who spoke strictly on condition of anonymity.

The cops said this is not the first time that local officers have been short changed during such events. “We have never been deployed to the capital to provide similar services for events which happen there and yet Harare officers are always deployed here during events such as the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). It is clear that everyone has now been affected by marginalisation which people from this side have always been talking about,” said another officer.

Individuals and organisations are obliged to pay what is known as paid-up duties whenever they engage the police for the provision of security. The arrangement also applies to soccer teams.

Most of the Harare officers who are already in the city ahead of the games which will be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe are staying at various places in the city including Bulawayo Polytechnic, Drill Hall and Ross Camp.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo refused to comment on the issue.

Source : New Zimbabwe