Indiscipline, corruption have no place in ZRP: Charamba

via Indiscipline, corruption have no place in ZRP: Charamba January 11, 2014 NewsDay

POLICE yesterday said they will not leave any stone unturned as they seek to get to the bottom of a suspected corruption case where traffic police officers manning a roadblock in Beatrice nearly lost about $2 000 stolen money to a 10-year-old girl just before the Christmas Holidays.

In a statement, national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “Indiscipline and corruption have no role in the organisation. The organisation would like to emphasise that where acts of corruption are reported, the organisation will swiftly descend on the culprits and sternly take appropriate disciplinary measures.”

Charamba added that police had of late introduced a raft of radical “razor edge” internal disciplinary measures, supervisory and monitoring mechanisms to counter acts of misconduct in the police force.

“The approach in terms of the new measures will be that any proven acts of misconduct involving dishonesty of whatever nature will result in instant dismissal of the errant members. This is unlike in the past where the organisation was constrained by a graduated legal and bureaucratic process,” she said.

Her statement comes amid reports that two police officers linked to the alleged racket had been arrested and locked up at undisclosed locations in Harare.

It is alleged that the girl, Nodia Gozho, picked up the money — believed to be part of a bribe loot from motorists — from a rubbish pit near the roadblock and handed it to her parents who are both labourers at Gilston Farm.

However, police allegedly later made a follow-up and recovered the money from the girl’s parents after threatening to beat them up.

While making reference to the Beatrice case, Charamba said: “Specifically the case being referred to was already under investigation. The police investigations are certainly not made in the media by playing to the public gallery. It is the organisation’s policy that all information, not only about corruption, but all criminal activities is treated with uttermost respect, transparency and urgency which they deserve.”

She accused some opposition politicians of seeking “to score cheap political points” over the matter, describing them as “highly contemptuous”.



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    Oh Lord help me to be humble. Help me to forgive.Most of all lord I pray you can remove the cobwebs off Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba’s eyes. All these years of corruption she only sees now when a little girls money gets stolen. What of all those that died in accidents and were searched while dead and their valuables not returned to the relatives. What of all the bribes at the road blocks. CHARITY GET REAL AND CHANGE YOUR NAME TO CHIEF CROOK BECAUSE CHARITY IS TOO GOOD A NAME FOR YOU.

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    Nyoni 10 years ago

    Charity of all people should not even comment. Her closet is full of other peoples belongings. Ah

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    Rukweza 10 years ago

    ZRP is corrupt how can you have cops driving BMW driving all the way from harare jst to issue tickets in vic falls yet there are cops in those areas,when accident happens they do not attend instead they are after money,your organisation is the most corrupt as you find the most junior frm CID anad traffic driving top of range vehicles but their salaries do not support that life style

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    Chaka 10 years ago

    What? Which Zimbabwe is Charity talking about? If I was in authority I would fire her.

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    Senzachena 10 years ago

    Zim has one of the most corrupt Police forces in the world and this woman, says all allegations of corruption will be investigated and the culprits punished. What trash, I hve no doubt she is as bad as the rest of them. What is needed is a total clear out in the top ranks, replaced by honest members and then start clearing out the rest of the rubbish and locking them up.

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    bidza makwax 10 years ago

    Ava amai vanongo wawata vachiziva chokwadi. She herself is corrupt too. The whole police force is rotten to the core. They should do away with multiple road blocks

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    Ruramai 10 years ago

    In 1997 Augustine Chihuri, the Police Commissioner, fraudulently claimed Z$138 645 from the War Victims Compensation Fund. He claimed to be 90% disabled.

    I rest my case.

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    Stupid Charamba. You say you want to get to the bottom of the 2000 dollars loot. Didn’t you know it when they were colllecting it. You now want to act because it is now in the media. The police ask for corruption in broad daylight. I bet Chihuri’s wife has even complained to his husband that she doesn’t like the way his colleagues ask for bribes at the roadblocks. Surprisingly you dare open your filthy mouth and you say you can control corruption. Don’t worry Charamba, time is running out and one day I assure you, you will taste those shamboks on your feet!

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    Sekuru Mapenga 10 years ago

    Every time a Kombi is forced to pay a bribe or a fine, it is the poor passengers who are paying with higher fares. ZRP are looting the nation.