Fist­fight in bank queue

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Kudzai Mpangi Sun­day News Re­porter

THERE was com­mo­tion at a bank queue in Bu­l­awayo when des­per­ate cus­tomers ex­changed blows after those who were queu­ing to with­draw money at an ATM ac­cused some peo­ple of jump­ing the queue.

They also ac­cused them of brib­ing guards with $2. The in­ci­dent hap­pened yes­ter­day morn­ing at the Ecobank branch in Bu­l­awayo.

Wit­nesses said some se­cu­rity guards who were con­trol­ling the queue were al­legedly bribed with $2 and were tak­ing cards from the peo­ple and with­draw­ing for them. That irked other cus­tomers who turned against the peo­ple who were brib­ing the guards.

“The bank has three se­cu­rity guards but two of them were tak­ing bribes from peo­ple who were at the back of the queue. That an­gered other peo­ple who com­plained that they had spent hours in the queue in a bid to ac­cess money,” she said.

The wit­ness said some of the peo­ple were com­plain­ing that they joined the queue at 4 am.

“The sit­u­a­tion nor­malised after peo­ple said they would con­trol the queue them­selves and not rely on the guards,” said the wit­ness.

Ecobank is among the few re­main­ing banks which is still dis­burs­ing money through ATMs. Most banks are fail­ing to meet de­mand for cash. This has seen peo­ple sleep­ing in bank queues to ac­cess money.

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