Highly placed sources within the Zimbabwe Prison Service’s human resources department told a private radio station that over 100 unqualified prison officers had been so far unearthed at Chikurubi, Harare Remand and Central prisons.
"The service has hundreds of National Youth Service graduates, whom we were forced to recruit …we tried to argue and we were silenced with victimisation.
These Green bombers were employed on partisan basis with no academic qualifications," said the source.
"Most of them were relatives of some very senior officials within the service and government, and had the National Youth Service certificates as their only qualifications and were employed on the basis of their patronage to ZANU-PF and in honour of terrorizing MDC supporters, he added."
"Their salaries and employment contracts of affected workers have since been terminated pending further investigations,” said the source.
The senior human resources official also said senior officials were using prison officers as gardeners and security guards at their farms, which they snatched from white commercial farmers.
"Prison officers are being abused by the top officials who are taking them as their security guards, for example Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi has twenty prison officers who rotate as security guards at his Bindura,Ruwa based Rufaro plot and Harare’s Gunhill low density residential suburb home.
He has four personal drivers who are on ZPS payroll. This is disturbing and its our prayer that the ongoing audit is going to clean up all these irregularities which have paralyzed the security organ,” he added.
ZPS boss is on record for blaming economic sanctions imposed by the west and its allies on ZANU-PF senior officials and its sympathizers for the deterioration of prison conditions.
Recently Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri blocked the auditors from unearthing ghost police officers. In Masvingo 5 000 ghost workers were unearthed in the province, with 1 000 of these registered as teachers at non-existent schools.
A team of independent auditors will collate and release the results for the whole country this month. The exercise, sponsored by World Bank, is aimed at registering all public servants and flushing out ghost workers who have an effect on the salary bill at a time when government is struggling financially. Radio VOP