By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, September 16, 2016 – THE Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS has warned members of the public not to fall prey to individuals masquerading as prison recruitment officers.
The stern warning was issued in a press statement released by ZPCS Manicaland Province public relations department.
It comes at a time when there were job alerts circulating on social media, mainly via WhatsApp, indicating that ZPCS was recruiting officers at Ntabazinduna Prison Training School this month.
ZPCS eastern region office, which dismissed the message as a hoax, raised fears that there might be bogus recruitment officers taking advantage of the circulated information.
The prison service warned unsuspecting members of the public not to fall victim to the bogus officers.
“ZPCS would like to warn members of the public to be cautious of some individuals who might masquerade as ZPCS recruitment officers with the intention of fleecing them of their money,” reads part of the statement.
“There has been information circulating on social media purporting that the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service (ZPCS) is going to conduct a recruitment exercise at Ntabazinduna Prisons Training School from 14 to 17 September.
“ZPCS would like to put it on record that no such recruitment exercise is taking place at Ntabazinduna Prisons Training School.”
Prisons said formal channels will be used in the event of a recruitment exercise.
The hoax comes at a time when ZPCS has embarked on a gradual process to beef up its workforce to 22,000.
In 2014, the ZPCS, formerly known as the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS) had 10,000 workers.
Assistant Commissioner Zondai Cleopas Nyatsanza, responsible for human resources indicated then that the need for more employees was due to its new organisational structure.
Assistant Commissioner Nyatsanza said ZPCS will have to set up provincial command structures, which require more staff.
Therefore, it appears opportunists are taking advantage of this to corn desperate job seekers at a time employment has become a scarce commodity in the country.