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ZIMBABWEAN police are using waste paper to prepare crucial documents such as dockets, a senior bureaucrat told parliament Monday.

Home Affairs permanent secretary Melusi Matshiya, told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security that at times “officers are going beyond their limit to purchase bond paper”.

Giving oral evidence on the consolidated expenditure quarterly return as at March 31, Matshiya said police need more than $3 million to effectively deliver on their mandate.

“It is a disheartening situation and nobody wants to work with a demoralised force. Our officers at times have to use waste paper to prepare crime records or even going beyond their limit to purchase bond paper.

“They have at time also been forced to wear tattered uniforms and shoes as well as sharing police hats but they have remained disciplined,” Matshiya.

“Before people who are not alive to challenges affecting the police say a lot of things, they should at least try to ask and understand issues”.

Matshiya also revealed that the country’s police force rakes in no less than $3 million a month through spot fines and “other revenue streams”.

He however argued the cash was not enough to sustain the operations of the force.

“The figure of $3 million might be impressive when you hear it. But it is too little to fund our disciplined forces,” the permanent secretary said.

“We have over 700 police stations in 10 provinces of the country excluding other cost centres.

“Considering that we do not get funds that are allocated to us through treasury in time, funds retention has actually kept the force afloat. However, the money is not enough”.

Matshiya added that the police do not keep all the money they collect, explain that “we are only allowed certain revenue streams and we account for them.

“The auditor and comptroller general’s office has done its work and given them a clean bill of health an unqualified audit.”

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority chief Gershem Pasi, two weeks ago, asked for parliamentary intervention to force the ZRP to declare all the money the force receives from spot fines and other revenue for accountability purposes.

The police force has, for years, been considered among the most corrupt institutions in the country.

Motorists say the ZRP’s transport division has established numerous roadblocks all over the country’s roads to enable officers to collect bribes.

Source : New Zimbabwe