PRISON officers in Matabeleland were allegedly forced to contribute $1 each towards the funeral of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner-General retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi’s father, who passed away last month.
Warders based at Khami Maximum Prison yesterday visited the Southern Eye offices and claimed that they were forced to contribute $1 each or risk being denied off days or taking leave.
The warders accused the officer commanding Matabeleland region Assistant Commissioner Milos Jomane and Chief Superintendent Lambert Janha of coercing them to make the contributions.
“Why are they forcing us to contribute this money?
“This is uncalled for and we need to know whether Zimondi knows about this,” one warder said.
Another warder said they suspected that Jomane and Janha embezzled the money.
“We doubt whether this is coming from the commissioner-general himself,” the warder said.
They complained that they were being lowly paid and it was pure corruption on the part of Jomane and Janha to rob them of their meagre pay to support someone earning a lot of money. When contacted for comment, Janha said the workers were not being forced to contribute and he encouraged them to come forward if they had any case against management.
“I don’t know who is forcing them because what I know is that workers are paying willingly,” he said. “I have to find out from management, but I urge workers to come to us if they have any problem.”
Jomane could not be reached for comment as he was said to be out of his office.