ZRP must do its job

EDITOR — The seizure by South African authorities, on December 6, of the largest haul of cocaine at Beitbridge border post demonstrates the total failure by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to curb serious crime.

According to the South African Revenue Service (Sars), 80 kilogrammes of cocaine worth R23 million was seized by customs agents while being smuggled into that country from Zimbabwe.

Sars said the supposedly empty truck carrying the drugs originated from Malawi, meaning it crossed two of our borders and travelled freely throughout the country before being netted in SA.

No one can rule out the possibility that some of the drugs found their way onto Zimbabwean streets.

As the MDC, we are dismayed by the failure of the ZRP and Zimra to make use of the scanning technology available to them to expose the contraband before it even reached Zimbabwe.

The MDC is seriously concerned about the free movement and sale of hard drugs in the country. The advent of the multi-currency system in Zimbabwe in 2009 has attracted international drug dealers who have flooded the country with their merchandise.

We worry about people, especially youths, who can be exposed to these drugs. These are costly habits, whose impact is worsened by the fact that rehabilitation is unavailable or very expensive.

Marriages are breaking down and lives are being wrecked as some addicts turn to crime.

According to the US government, Zimbabwe is being used significantly as a transit country for hard drugs.

A report posted on the CIA World Fact book accuses senior government officials of involvement in drug and human trafficking.

As the MDC, we demand a Parliamentary investigation into these serious allegations.

Not only are these nefarious activities damaging lives, they are also ruining our otherwise good relations with neighbouring countries and the international community.

The ZRP has no excuse whatsoever for failing in their duties when they spend so much time as political commissars, running errands for Zanu PF.

The MDC implores the ZRP to do its job and curb the drug menace. As it is, police officers spend a huge amount of time on the roads demanding bribes from motorists instead of searching for dangerous cargo.

This is unacceptable.

Senator Lillian Timveos,

MDC Home Affairs Shadow Minister

Comments (6)

There was once a haulage truck with a broken axle which was only stopped when it entered South Africa and was from Malawi and had passed through our roads. The funny thing is it is only our roads which are used by haulage trucks at night other countries stop haulage trucks after six pm.

Maita Manyuka - 19 December 2013


Gogodera - 19 December 2013

As much as I agree with the writer that the ZRP should do more to ensure that our country must be secured from the transiting and sale of drugs, I find Lillian Timveos' piece a bit hypocritical. MDC has been part of government for the past four years plus, and had Theresa Makone as co-minister of Home Affairs. In this period smuggling has continued unabated and Lillian has not been heard calling for more stringent control by the ZRP. Also the scanners acquired by ZIMRA are useful tools for curbing smuggling, but they will not eradicate it ultimately. Scanning is not done on every vehicle that passes through the border, otherwise congestion would ultimately make the border disfunctional. They are used only for random checks on relatively suspicious vehicles and may be effective as deterrent means. It is however imperative that the ZRP must sharpen their surveillance tactics by using more innovative tools and technology in their policing work.

Chando - 20 December 2013

Ma Kombi vanenge vasiya nani? Who will be chasing after kombis when they have to look for serious criminals. They are a bunch of criminals themselves and probably even got bribed to let the narcotics through. Sad sad sad lot.

Mhofu - 20 December 2013

Our ZRP has lost its focus. It seems our once respectable force has lost it because of the love for money. They are recruited to make money to buy Granvias and Ipsums through bribes. We wonder if a solution to this problem would be found one day!

mkhululi - 23 December 2013


Mike Moyo - 6 January 2014

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