11 May 2018
ZIMBABWE Republic Police yesterday rewarded Premier Soccer League referee, Norman Matemera for a show of exceptional integrity and professionalism at the Commissioning of the ZRP Anti-Corruption Unit Offices.
Assistant Inspector Matemera, stationed at Milton Park Police Station spurned an offer of US$10 000 cash bribe to influence the outcome of the match between Deportivo, an Equatorial Guinea outfit and Williamsville Athletic Club of Cote D’lvoire, in favour of the former.
Ass-Insp Matemera received $5000, a figure contributed by Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural heritage Obert Mpofu, Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga and the ministry’s permanent secretary Melusi Matschiya.
“Integrity can be decided by the smallest of margins; that extra bit of courage and audacity to say ‘NO’ can well be the difference between success and ultimate failure or even shame,” said CGP Matanga.
“Regardless of the determination of most, only a few stand head and shoulders above the crowd with their selfless acts shining brightly.
“Of special note today, is his unwavering integrity that has won him the admiration of the international community in advancing the spirit of fair play when he spurned a whopping offer.
“What makes it more intriguing is the fact that the bribe money was being dangled by the Match Commissioner for that same game he was set to officiate on.
“Typical of an upright police officer and sporting professional, he reported the case to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
“It is therefore, this background that makes our esteemed personality’s act of exposing and shaming corruption all the more luminary,” said CGP Matanga.