From the Memo circulating on social media all members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been banned from buying mealie meal whist wearing police uniforms.
This follows after a public outcry that the police officers were taking advantage of their uniforms,not waiting in ques like everyone else and hoarding mealie meal.
Below is a letter from the Bulawayo Provincial Police Headquarters advising of the new regulations:
FROM: PROPOL BULAWAYO
TO: ALL STATIONS CLASS ‘A’ BULAWAYO
RDO: CC 562/20 DD 18/04/20
SUBJECT: PROHIBITION OF PURCHASE OF MEALIE-MEAL BY POLICE OFFICERS IN UNIFORM STOP
THIS OFFICE OBSERVED WITH GREAT CONCERN THE LEVEL OF SERIOUS CONTEMPT AND DISREGARD OF POLICE STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN BULAWAYO STOP
MEMBERS ARE SEEN MOVING AROUND CARRYING BAGS OF MEALIE-MEAL IN UNIFORM STOP
IT IS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT ADDRESSEES CMM WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT CEASE TO PURCHASE MEALIE-MEAL IN POLICE UNIFORM STOP
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS IN CHARGE STATIONS ARE THUS DIRECTED TO COMPILE LISTS OF MEMBERS UNDER THEIR COMMAND AND FORWARD THEM TO THIS HEADQUARTERS AS ARRANGEMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE WITH MILLERS TO DELIVER THE COMMODITY AT POLICE CAMPS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE STOP
ADDRESSEES ARE DIRECTED TO TREAT THIS SIGNAL WITHOUT DISDAINCY STOP
ANYONE WHO SHALL BE SEEN LOADED WITH MEALIE-MEAL IN THEIR PERSON WHILST IN POLICE UNIFORM WILL BE ARRESTED AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION TAKEN STOP