Mujuru blasts traffic officers

VICE president Joyce Mujuru has decried rampant corruption, singling out roadblocks where traffic police officers milk motorists.

In an address at the graduation of Agritex officers and tobacco growers at Kutsaga Research Station in Harare yesterday, Mujuru said police must stop corruption at roadblocks.

“We do not want to hear this thing that is happening at our roadblocks,” Mujuru said.

“When you get to a roadblock you are told ‘old man, can you come out of your car so we can discuss?’

No, I am saying this is not indigenisation.” Turning to the business of the day, Mujuru said the country needs to stop importing food from other countries.

“Minister (Joseph) Made, even at your CSC (Cold Storage Company), you must also get the kind of machinery that is being used in other countries,” she said.

“The eggs that we are farming, our potatoes and cabbages are just as good as the produce we are importing.
“Imports should stop because we want to support our local industry. I am saying Zimbabwe has everything so why not use the money we use to import to grow our agricultural industry by promoting our local markets?”

The country recently imported 150 000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia after recording a drought in the last farming season.

Mujuru urged farming stakeholders to emulate what the tobacco industry was doing.

She said farmers need to be educated about agriculture so that they fully utilise their land and resources.

Meanwhile, Made said government’s $161 million input support programme was for this year only, as it was not government business to provide farming inputs.

“We provided farming inputs this year because we realised that last year our farmers did not reap anything,” Made said. 

“But going forward, we will not be giving farmers’ inputs because that is supposed to be done by the industry. The government will only create an enabling environment for farmers to access inputs. Our business will be able to make sure that the industry is functioning well and dams are constructed for farmers.”

Government on Wednesday unveiled a $161 million farming inputs support programme to enable farmers to grow maize and small grains, including rearing livestock for the 2013/14 farming season.

The Agriculture minister urged farmers to harvest their produce once it is ready because a delay will promote the breeding of pests and insects.

Comments (7)

Mai Mujuru, Chihuri is a civil servant who is employed by your governement. he has defended this corruption. When drivers were ticketed and asked to pay at post offices there was less corruption. Spot fines have become a haven of bribes. We now have a database of cars in Zimbabwe. Seriously its not difficult to trace a driver who does not pay an issued ticket. Just pin on the registered owner. If he was not driving he knows who was driving. And if one does not owner his ticket close him in. i remember days when you get a ticket and you have no money yu could go and get an extension. So as long as we have spot fines we are going nowhere Mai Mujuru. VaMgabe once blasted them and we thouht this will change but it got even worse. I am sorry but our police under Chihuri have become the worst since the creation of a police force in this country.

maita - 4 October 2013

Madam Vice President can you tell us why the roads require a roadblock every five kilometres? It is just like the incentives that parents are being asked to pay at schools through SDCs. The governments responsibility to pay teachers has been shifted to parents thanks to Coltart. Drivers are being asked to provide incentives to the police. You know what is wrong instead of talking about these things at ceremonies do something. It will be difficult to ask the police to forgo their daily bread.

Mavara Azarevhu - 4 October 2013

Thank you very much madam vice president for saying the obvious.Can you do us a favour by summoning Augustine Chihuri to your office and tell him to instruct his guy to stop milking the poor motorists in the name of spot fines

dumisani moyo - 4 October 2013

The truth is that this CORRUPTION is not going to end.The very politicians are corrupt & they don't get arrested at the end of the day these police man & woman are not paid well enough to even feed their own famillies leave alone to buy underwear.The biggest mistake they are making is to make us pay bribes every 5kilometres instead they should collect fines at their STATIONS & share them coz their BOSSES are doing it .CORRUPTION will never END because of the economic situation that is the truth & reality it is here to stay. AGRICULTURE ,this woman is dreaming for sure ,She knows very well that his COMDRADES took all these farms that were producing for EXPORT & the local market.She talks of TOBBACCO as an example ,but this crop is being discouraged world over as one of the contributors of lung diseases.In future this very crop will not have any market & this will affect us as a country.The machines which she is talking about that CSC should get are for which process because this company as a matter is not getting any cow to slaughter coz they are no cattle at all.lmporting food will continue for some time trully speaking ,there is no COMMERCIAL FARMING in ZIMBABWE.PAMBERI NE ZANU..........RUBBISH

CASHTALK - 4 October 2013

The truth is that this CORRUPTION is not going to end.The very politicians are corrupt & they don't get arrested at the end of the day these police man & woman are not paid well enough to even feed their own famillies leave alone to buy underwear.The biggest mistake they are making is to make us pay bribes every 5kilometres instead they should collect fines at their STATIONS & share them coz their BOSSES are doing it .CORRUPTION will never END because of the economic situation that is the truth & reality it is here to stay. AGRICULTURE ,this woman is dreaming for sure ,She knows very well that his COMDRADES took all these farms that were producing for EXPORT & the local market.She talks of TOBBACCO as an example ,but this crop is being discouraged world over as one of the contributors of lung diseases.In future this very crop will not have any market & this will affect us as a country.The machines which she is talking about that CSC should get are for which process because this company as a matter is not getting any cow to slaughter coz they are no cattle at all.lmporting food will continue for some time trully speaking ,there is no COMMERCIAL FARMING in ZIMBABWE.PAMBERI NE ZANU..........RUBBISH

CASHTALK - 4 October 2013

we all know the police demand bribes at roadblocks ,Whats being done to stop the corruption.

terencemus@gmail.com - 5 October 2013

You public corruption instead of detaining Chihuri..? Isu vaunoudza tadii zvedu nenhamo yekubirwa. Vamwe vanosungirwa chiballot paper chisina kana nebatsiro yose then you say we are a free nation ..lies only.Let the police do their sovereignity..vasiyeyi ...shut up amai!

philmon - 5 October 2013

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