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Guvamatanga was in SA looking for material for police uniforms

By Staff Reporter

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development George Guvamatanga was recently in South Africa looking for material to make police uniforms.

This was revealed by Minister Mthuli Ncube in the National Assembly during the 2020 National Budget where some legislators have been calling for improved conditions of service for the police.

Police officers in Zimbabwe are said to be constrained when it comes to equipment such as uniforms, shoes and boots to the extent that some have resorted to using old, torn and worn-out uniforms while carrying out their duties.

However, Minister Mthuli Ncube said his ministry is involved in the issue to the extent that the secretary George Guvamatanga had to go himself to look for the uniform material.

“On the issues of uniforms and so forth, again we have noted these and even in 2019, we have done a lot to try and deal with this issue including the police.

“In fact for the police, my Permanent Secretary had to travel to South Africa to make sure he can find material for making uniforms for the police.

“We are that involved when it comes to some of these issues. We respond because if we do not get to see it ourselves, how do we know the money is going to the right place,” he said.-

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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