Riot police called to disperse angry depositors

MASVINGO – Heavily armed police with dogs were called Thursday to disperse angry depositors – most of them civil servants from rural areas – who had failed to get their cash by day end at the Beverley Building Society, as forex shortages persisted at the country's financial institutions

Depositors refused to get out of the bank at around half past five, resulting in the bank manager calling the police.

The riled depositors scurried for cover as the vicious dogs were unleashed upon them, leading to the injury of one female lady in her mid-thirties. Efforts to assess the extent of her injury as well as get her details proved fruitless as the police rushed her to an undisclosed hospital.

Provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tinaye Matake could not comment on the matter as he said he was yet to search for details.

"I am now out of office, check with me tomorrow," Matake said.

 The depositors said they were not attended to the whole day and were not given any explanation by the bank officials, something which did not go down well with them.

"They seemed not to notice us, not even bothered to give us an explanation. Imagine, some of us would have travelled from the rural areas after borrowing bus fare, and we have no relatives in town, we have nowhere to go," one depositor said.

However, the protest by the depositors seemed to have piled on the pressure on the bank officials as thirty minutes later, they were seen queing to get the money.

Beverley Building Society officials refused to comment on the matter.

Banks are running out of foreign currency in an economy which has been dollarised.