Fairbridge police in the dark


A POLICE base for the anti-riot squad in Bulawayo has gone for close to a week without electricity after power lines were destroyed by groundsmen digging trenches, Southern Eye has learnt.


Police officers based at Fairbridge — a few kilometres from the city on the Bulawayo-Harare Highway said life had become unbearable without electricity.

According to police officers, power cables where mistakenly cut off by groundsmen throwing the whole station into darkness.

“We understand that some groundsmen disturbed electricity cables while they were digging trenches,” one of the police officers speaking on condition of anonymity said yesterday.

Another police officer said: “I was forced to take some meat from my fridge to my relative in town.

“Life is unbearable since we now have to fork out monies to buy firewood for cooking.”

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo referred Southern Eye to Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi when contacted for comment yesterday.

Nyathi also referred the paper to chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, who said she had not been informed about the development.

No comment could be obtained from Fullard Gwasira, the Zesa spokesperson, to establish the exact cause of the electricity cut at Fairbridge.