Junior officers in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) are mobilising to file a lawsuit against their former superiors who were sent on forced retirement. The officers want to reclaim money that was taken from them through illegal salary deductions. The unsanctioned deductions were allegedly used by former police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri to pay allowances for his senior officers. The former superiors who are being targeted in the lawsuit are commissioners Grace Ndebele, Evelen Mlilo and Munyori Taedzerwa.
The lawsuit is being led by former police officer Tafadzwa Gambiza, who has been distributing the following letter:
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Did you train in depot between 2005 up to date, did you work in depot during the same period (sic)?
Were you forced to contribute the following unlawful payments, DCI’s fund, Kuyedza fund, depot upkeep, CGP’s [Commissioner General Police] Gala fund, CGP’s fun fare (sic) fund, church service fund, raffle tickets, instructors’ fee, batmen’s fee (sic)?
Please be advised that the people behind this, Grace Ndebele and Evelen Mlilo and Munyori Taedzerwa, are no longer protected, as they are now ex-members. Let’s report all to the Commercial Crime Unit and pursue a civil suit to recover our money (sic).
That money was abused for personal gain. There was no independent audit and complains were dealt with ruthlessly as Chihuri used the money to pay senior officers’ retention allowances ranging from $900 to $1 500 monthly from looted funds (sic).
ZRP national spokesperson Charity Charamba has since confirmed that the letter is authentic. Gambiza has also opened a case against Chihuri alleging that he the former police commissioner illegally printed his own spot fine ticket books.
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