Police Appeals To Public To Report All Officers Living Beyond Their Means
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing to the public to report all officers living larger than their professional earnings and assist in ongoing lifestyle audits meant to flush out and prosecute corrupt officers.
This follows after the audits were launched in 2017 after reports that most police officers were dabbling with in ill gotten wealth.
There were reports that most police officers were driving expensive vehicles while some owned a fleet of kombis, and mshika-shikas, a lifestyle which was questionable considering their meagre earnings.
A lifestyle audit involves verification of an individual’s personal expenditure patterns to determine if they are consistent with their sources of income that include salary.
Those who fail the audit will be charged in terms of the law, with a possibility of being dismissed from the police service.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the ongoing audits and called to those with information on officers with wealth that is not proportional with their earnings, to assist the audit teams.
“So far, a number of officers have been asked to account for their wealth. We are inviting those with evidence of corruption or information on our officers with ill-gotten wealth to come forward and assist us.
“We would also want to urge the media and members of the public to report any officer involved in any criminal or corrupt activities and those with ill-gotten wealth. There is no room for corruption in the ZRP,” Asst Comm Nyathi said.
He said from those audited so far, some managed to justify their wealth.