‘Extortion Policy’: Zim Policeman Sues Minister Over Mysterious Deductions

Harare – The United States – Now York to be exact was dominated five Mafia families, known as the Five Families. These include the Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno, and Colombo families.

The police force in Zimbabwe has been accused of many excesses – but the latest action by a disgruntled police officer to sue Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo plus Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri to court might be first in the country, with many reportedly being victimised in silence.
Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri 

Constable Shepherded Marufu stationed at Fairbridge Armoury accuse his superiors for allegedly forcing him to ‘unlawfully’ contribute part of his monthly salary towards funding projects that allegedly benefit them, according to a Bulawayo daily

In papers before the court, Const Marufu through his lawyers, Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, seeks an order declaring the contributions unlawful. In addition, he wants an order directing the defendants to restitute all the money he was allegedly forced to contribute as well as the legal costs he incurred.

In his founding affidavit, said his bosses created several money spinning projects to rip off their juniors by forcing them to make monthly contributions towards the projects.

“I earn about $420 per month and the defendants have since created their own money sucking projects, which I, together with other members of the ZRP, are forced to make contributions from our meagre monthly salaries.

“The contributions are unlawful and none of them benefit me as they only help to fatten the pockets of my bosses,” he said.

Some of the projects include Kuyedza affiliation fees ($10 per year) camp and Kuyedza affiliation fees ($10 each per year) and badgers galas for the Comm-Gen of Police ($20 per year), officer commanding province ($35 per year) and officer commanding district ($9 per year).

The officer alos highlighted that they were also forced to buy and sell raffle tickets for $30 each three times a year.

“It is even more worrying that I am also being forced to buy and sell raffle tickets, which is against my religion as it prohibits gambling,” he said.

After he stopped contributing the money two years ago and diverted the funds towards paying medical bills for his ailing mother. Sadly, he is being punished by being denied vocational leave days.

“When I diverted part of my salary towards settling medical bill for my mother and stopped paying extortionary monetary obligations, the defendants decided to punish me by depriving me of my occasional or vocational leave,” he said.

For his failure to remit the money and denied his leave days due to him.

“The first defendant (Insp Nakai) was explicit that he would fix me until I complied by paying up all the obligations including arrears with a monthly interest at the rate of 20 percent of my salary. The conduct of the defendants is clearly unlawful and wrong,” revealed Const Marufu.

Many security forces members are unhappy with the deductions, including between $1 and $4 every month for district and funeral funds, transport and troop welfare fees. – The Chronicle/Online Sources

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