Last November The Standard Newspaper carried out a story which said the police ‘s annual examinations had been cancelled and alleged that the police was planning to hire retired police officers and war veterans to occupy vacant top posts in anticipation of elections this year. After the publication of the story, Nqobani Ndlovu, the author of the story was arrested for contravening Section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which criminalizes the publication of “falsehoods”.
Despite being granted bail by a Bulawayo magistrate, Ndlovu was detained for nine days at Khami remand prison. The paper’s editor, Nevanji Madanhire was also arrested on the same charges and later released.
Well placed police sources in Bulawayo told Radio VOP that the writing of the examination started in the city on Saturday, the 15th of January at Eveline Girls high School.
“It’s true that junior police officers from the ranks of constable to Assistant Inspector wrote their examinations last Saturday at Eveline Girls High School last Saturday. Senior police officers from the ranks of Inspector to Chief Superintendent will be also writing their examinations at the same venue on this coming Saturday,” said a senior police officer who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.
The police officer said the examinations were also being written throughout the country. A caretaker at Eveline who only identified himself as Joe also confirmed that police officers wrote the examinations at the school.
“Kulabantu ababhala amaExaminations ngermpelaviki kodwa kangikwazi ukuthi kwakungamapholisa na (There are people who wrote Examinations here over the weekend but I not sure if they were police officers or not since they were in plain clothes.” said the caretaker.
When reached for comment, Home Affairs Co-Minister Kembo Mohadi said he was not prepared to comment on the issue. “Why can’t you speak to the police themselves? I am not at work,” he said.