Cops go to war on Harare roads

HARARE - After an exposé by the Daily News revealing rampant corruption in the police force, kombis plying the Harare City-Warren Park route are now under fire from traffic cops.

On Wednesday traffic cops were camped at the Chinhoyi bus termini as they tightened the screws against drivers who reported their peers to police superiors for alleged corruption.

Five officers have been arrested in connection with the corruption.

Yesterday residents of Warren Park watched in horror as speeding kombis were chased by police officers.

There is also an outcry over the way police officers chase around kombis in congested streets.

The latest operation by the police has riled kombi drivers and operators.

The scam, code named ‘Tora Mari United’, entails that kombi drivers — who do not want to pay an exorbitant, unreceipted spot fines — make a daily payment of $5 as a “tollgate” fee.

A normal day for kombi drivers like Fungai Banda starts with a courtesy call to a tout whose sole purpose is to receive $5 per kombi.

Banda yesterday said the police are making it difficult for them to operate.

“Since Tuesday police have intensified a clampdown on us. When they stop you at a roadblock and see that you have Warren Park permit they accuse you of having initiated the arrest of their colleagues and make sure that they fine you heavily,” said Banda.

Those who refuse to pay the “tollgate” fee, pay heavily on the roadblocks with cops demanding a bribe of $10 or a receipt of $15 to $20 for various defects — even when there are no defects.

The apprehension of the five police officers is apparently just a tip of the iceberg with kombi drivers alleging that the practice is widespread.

“We are being milked daily by these police officers and now it’s worse. We have alerted assistant commissioner Charity Charamba and she says she is going to look into the matter,” said Banda.

When called to comment, Charamba said she was in a bank, later she said she was driving and efforts to talk to her again proved fruitless as her mobile phone was unavailable.

Comments (9)

Mahwindi nemapurisa makafanana its dog eat dog, pedzeranai

Prof -SA - 25 October 2013

Ko kunyepa ndiko kunei? amwe makombi haasi roadworthy. Ungati u r fined for a defect that is not there.... Stand ur ground kana usina mhosva. or else mese hamutore mushe

juwa - 25 October 2013

the police chiefs need to investigate the permanent kombis morning tollgate between Mabvuku turnoff and Sakunda Zimre Park along Mutare Rd.

turatora - 25 October 2013

pane anonzi Fisher na Gerry ndo vaipihwa ma $5 PAZUVA

donny - 25 October 2013

Kana Charity Charamba asingadi hwutauriri hwemapurisa ngaarege ape vamwe ngaazive kuti chero nguva tofanigwa kumufonera nekuti nyika inoda kuhwa mafambisiro anoita basa ravo munyika .. Ngaarege kupa excuse yedofo mhani

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 26 October 2013

juwa are you living in Zimbabwe or you are one of the police connected or maybe you are a lawyer. The police have the power they can abuse, dare you claim for your rights and you you'll face their wrath like they are doing to Warren Park drivers. Police prey on ignorance of the law and our fear of being delayed. We no longer have a police force. It's a huge farce. With such a huge traffic police force or rather farce why do 20year olds drive public service vehicles? Why do they stop kombis every morning when they know unroadworthy vehicles by sight yet the same vehicle still ply the roads endangering lives? Why are some kombis not stopped at these so called toll gates? List is endless.

tafataona - 26 October 2013

Soon they will be targeting those coming from SA. Having GP registration will be attracting attention for siphoning

Chireya - 27 October 2013

When are the ZRP going to change their attitude towards those working in SA and Botswana whom they target during the festive season

Goritoto - 27 October 2013

When are the ZRP going to change their attitude towards those working in SA and Botswana whom they target during the festive season

Goritoto - 27 October 2013

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