Police warn of Easter road blitz

HARARE - Senior police officers yesterday embarked on an operation to weed out corrupt activities on the roads, warning drivers to stay focused and not be distracted while travelling this Easter period.

"Operation Traffic Checks’’ got underway yesterday, and will result in a heavy police presence on the roads.

The operation saw senior police force members, led by the chief police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba, patrolling the streets of Harare, engaging traffic operators on how best they could deal with corruption.

Senior officers who participated in the operation were senior assistant commissioners Justice Chengeta and Angeline Guvamombe, assistant commissioner Isaac Tayengwa and chief superintendent Fiana Thlomani, among others.

Charamba said roads would be busy over the holiday period and police would ensure that the holidays were accident-free. 

Addressing the Press corp after the tour, Charamba lamented that the lead-in to the holidays had already started on a sad note after four people perished in an accident along the Harare-Bindura highway on Tuesday.

Police are concerned that most accidents are being caused by reckless drivers of both public and private vehicles.

Last year, police recorded a total of 424 accidents countrywide during the Easter holidays out of which 36 were fatal, killing 50 people, while 273 were injured.

Charamba warned that police would not be folding their arms as the madness on the country’s roads continues unabated. She said the police force would be deployed 24 hours during the holiday.

“The ZRP would be working hand in glove with other stakeholders like the Traffic Safety Council Of Zimbabwe and the Vehicle Inspection Department to make sure the forthcoming Easter and Independence holidays are accident free,” Charamba said.

She warned motorists that they would not hesitate to impound all unroadworthy vehicles, and also warned commuter operators to employ drivers who are of the stipulated age and have requisite qualifications.

She said the operation was not a witch hunt targeted at public service motor vehicles but all road users.

“The ZRP would, therefore, like to warn all motorists to observe the road rules and regulations and ensure that their motor vehicles are roadworthy for carrying passengers and goods,” Charamba said.

The operation is also aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the city.

The operation sought to investigate cases of motorists, particularly taxi operators and public transporters, who use undesignated parking areas as well as reducing road carnage during the Easter holiday.

Charamba said the operation was prompted by a flurry of corruption complaints arising from congested termini in the Central Business District (CBD).

She said the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had set up anti-corruption teams and police commanders to supervise traffic officers deployed at roadblocks in a bid to stamp out corruption.

Charamba said the operation would be conducted around the country during the forthcoming Easter holiday.

“At our level, we mainly deal with policy issues but this came about after we received numerous complaints about corruption by members of the force as well as the public,” Charamba told the Daily News on the sidelines of the tour.

“We, therefore, decided to come down as senior officers to get the correct information first hand so that we can use it to come out with proper policies.”


Comments (2)

Heya! ah bva tozotenda dzamwa dzaswera ne benzi, CORRUPTION WITH TRAFFIC ZRP OFFICERS, last week just out of Kwekwe towards Gokwe, one officer asked me which VID depot in Harare did I conducted my driving test including names of instructors and others that one may not remember, just frustrating me into forking out something out of my pocket for their hungry stomach. As if that was not enough just after the toll gate towards B/bridge another officer now telling me to explain hw I was driving all the way where ever I came from, he tells me another truck driver who had passed long time ago asked them to check on me in that dark night, he does not stop there but to aske all my relatives in the car for passports after giving him my driver's licence and all necessary documents the process divoured almost 50min into the middlle of the night. BLITZ what BLITZ?( I DID NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING) but they stole my precius time.

tk - 17 April 2014

one thing that the police must understand is that the delay the cause due to the many road blocks worsen the situation as most of the drivers will try to catch up with time. Police check s are necessary, but should not be more than required. when a person loses almost an hour in which he is able to cover more than 60km, it it irritates and when you get to much of this irritation by going through 15 to 20 road blocks over a short distance of 265km between Mutare and Harare you will end up being angry and not cooperation with the police. pliz do it right you are not therer to harass people, but to protect people from losing their lives.

lionel - 18 April 2014

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