BULWAYO, Saturday, August 4, 1991 — Members of Parliament have criticised the poor conditions of service in the police force and urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to improve accommodation in the force.
Supporting the vote given to the ministry, several MPs, while commending the police for an improved service described as squalid the conditions under which most of them lived.
Bubi MP Cde Micah Bhebhe said the “accommodation is still an eyesore in this ministry in so far as it affects the ZRP”.
Cde Don Chipango for Harare West described the living conditions of the police force as deplorable and unbelievable.
Cde Bhebhe also called on the police force to learn the language of the area they were operating in. Defending his ministry’s $348 079 million vote, the Ministry would look at introducing English, Shona and Ndebele in the police training courses.
On the $5 million vote allocated for the purchase of vehicles for the force, Cde Mhachi said although this was little, the ministry could only plead for more resources once the money they had been allocated was exhausted.
The issue of allowing members of the police force to run businesses to supplement their salaries was raised but Cde Mahachi said this was forbidden.