Chiredzi – The failure by Government to fend for its departments including sensitive security arms, has seen Chiredzi residents pooling resources together to bail out a broke Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) with US$2 200 to repair an accident-damaged vehicle.
This was confirmed by Lowveld Business Development Association (LOBDA) chairperson Venancio Kurauone in an interview with The Mirror.
Ironically this happens at a time when Government boasts about a budget surplus.
It is a norm worldwide that the Police and the Army cannot be funded by private enterprises lest they get compromised or captured.
Chief Superintendent Robert Chihwereva said a Police vehicle used for operations by the Criminal investigation section was involved in an accident on May 15, 2021. Since then the section, which is the most critical in fighting common crime was incapacitated without a vehicle.
LOBDA and Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (CHRRA) then agreed to attend to the problem and they raised the money and ensured that the Police vehicle was repaired.
The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe could not be reached for comment.
Chiredzi West legislator Farai Msikavanhu who is also a member of LOBDA said they made the donation to ensure that Police was always able to perform its duties in the community.
“When the Police vehicle was involved in an accident, Dispol Robert Chihwereva called me for assistance and we sat down with other bussiness people and residents associations and we decided to chip in,” said Msikavanhu.