Chinhoyi youths accused Airforce of Zimbabwe instructors of nepotism after they were turned away after failing to pass the rigorous recruitment exercise.
Only 27 out of the 800 youths between 18-22 years of age were selected after running 10km within 45 minutes, medical check-ups and five levels of an aptitude test, among others. Those who had not been selected questioned the selection criteria used after some of their colleagues who had allegedly failed, ended up among the selected.
The youths accused the recruitment offficers of nepotism, with one Obriel Musekiwa, who came second in the 10km run by clocking the distance in 38 minutes saying,
I beat most of those guys. I was second in 38 minutes. I think those selected are sons and daughters of senior members in the uniformed forces. Fairness is paramount if we are to progress as a nation.
However recruiting officer with the Air Force of Zimbabwe, who refused to be identified, said coming first in the 10km run was not a confirmation one would get the place.