Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers in Norton have accused the Council police of corruption and undermining the enforcement of security during the lockdown in the town.
During a brief meeting held on Tuesday involving the Norton legislator Temba Mliswa, Town Secretary Mr Muhomba, Town Chairman Councilor Gumisirai and some ZRP officials at Katanga Utano Clinic the ZRP voiced their concern at the behaviour of their Council counterparts.
A senior ZRP Officer, who for matters of security and protocol cannot be named, alleged that their security operations during the lockdown were being hampered by the corrupt tendencies of the Council police.
“We go around trying to enforce the law, sending people and vendors back into their homes but at some places we are surprised as we find that Council police would have received money to allow the vendors to stay, defying lockdown regulations”.
“It’s very unprofessional and we end up feeling used”, he said.
The police official also questioned the qualifications of the head of Council security.
“The guy isn’t a security person and it’s very apparent when we are on the ground. Norton needs to employ someone who is qualified as a security person”, he added.
Town Secretary Mr Muhomba conceded and said they were looking into the matter.
Security in Norton has been holding joint operations involving members of the ZRP, Council Police and members of the Zimbabwe Nation Army (ZNA) to enforce measures for people to stay in their homes during the current 21 day lockdown.
Various informal traders have however fought the measures as they seek to continue with their jobs such as vending.
With unemployment at around 80% most Zimbabwean families are dependent on daily informal trade to earn a living.
More than 5000 people across the country have already been arrested for defying the lockdown with reports and visuals of beatings and abuse of those caught by the army and police.