Constable Shepherd Marufu who is stationed at Fairbridge Armoury in Bulawayo has filed a lawsuit against Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo and Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri for allegedly forcing him to contribute part of his salary to fund projects, which he believes only benefit senior officers. Marufu is also suing, the officer commanding ZRP Support Unit Senior Assistant Commissioner Angeline Guvamombe and the Officer-in-Charge of ZRP Fairbridge Armoury only identified as Inspector Nakai, at the Bulawayo High Court.
Part of Marufu’s court papers read:
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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.
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)
…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