Unavailability of adequate vehicles to attend to crime scenes and lack of network in remote areas is adversely affecting service delivery by the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Masvingo.

This came out during a visit to the province by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services.

The portfolio committee visited Masvingo ZRP headquarters where they were appraised on challenges affecting day to day operations.

The province’s Officer Commanding Senior Assistant Commissioner Martha Mofolo, told the committee that while each station should ideally have 3 vehicles for operations, most are operating with no vehicles.

Out of 23 police stations in the province, only 5 are said to have vehicles.

In remote areas like Ndali and Chikombedzi, unavailability of telecommunications network leads to crimes being reported late.

The committee questioned the police on a number of issues, which included allegations that their presence is mostly seen at road blocks, raising fears that they do not monitor other areas that need police presence.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Mofolo responded by telling the committee that patrols are done according to crime trends, and insisted that they do not only concentrate on roadblocks.

The chairperson of the portfolio committee Cde Ronald Muderedzwa said as a committee they are concerned with the trend of sending police officers out for duty without providing them with the necessary subsistence allowances, citing that this can  fuel corruption.

He said they will table their findings before parliament, with a view to coming up with solutions.

The committee is moving around all the country’s provinces.