Legislators exempted from tollgate fees

HARARE - Legislators have been exempted from paying tollgate fees.

This follows a request tabled by parliamentarians seeking an exemption ostensibly because they would be performing parliamentary duties.

Transport minister Obert Mpofu told legislators recently that they should submit number plates for their respective vehicles to Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) so that they are captured in a database for easy implementation of the policy.

“Government has exempted legislators from paying toll fees as the necessary paperwork to enforce the policy has been completed,” Mpofu said. He said a meeting was convened recently between him and Zinara boss Frank Chitukutuku.

“We agreed that we would come up with a solution,” Mpofu said.

“We also highlighted that the cars being used by MPs should be given separate numbers so as to make it easy to ensure that the car that would be passing through belongs to an MP.”

The Daily News understands that all MPs have since submitted their documentation to Zinara.

Matabeleland South MDC Senator Watchy Sibanda had asked Mpofu on what had become of their request to Zinara that they be exempted from paying toll fees.

He was supported by Matabeleland North MDC Senator Herbert Madolo Sinampande.

The country has 22 tollgates and has mooted introducing more in urban areas to decongest cities, in particular Harare.Legislators exempted from
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Comments (11)

i.e. those with money don't have to pay but growthpoint tuckshop owners have to bleed? Kuita here uku?? How about MP's with businesses??

selele - 30 July 2014

As if MPs' cars do not damage our roads Typical bourgeois move

s shumba - 30 July 2014

This is not right.We can never build this nation based on this way of doing things. Munhu wese ngaabhadhare nyangwe iye hurumende wacho!

Godfrey - 30 July 2014

It never rains.....What if he is coming to do his personal business? No wonder why the legislators supported the 100% increase in toll fees. So we the public must suffer. If you are formerly employed and you are a low income earner your take home will actually be 50% of your salary. 25% will go to Pay All You Earn(PAYE), 5% to Zinara, 10% to Zesa, 10% to City of Harare. Government and its parastatals are reaping pple off!!

Mhofela - 30 July 2014

Pliz excuse my ignorance How are toll gates in urban areas going to de-congest our roads? I thot they would achieve the opposite as motorists will be queing to pay the toll gates fees. Please help me understand this theory beta

goodlife - 30 July 2014

They EAT for us. I am surprised that the MPs go to parliament to represent themselves.

Bhora Mberi - 30 July 2014

THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT SERIOUS, HAAA UTSINYE CHAIYO

GWEGWE - 31 July 2014

It is hoped that motorists will avoid all the roads with toll gates since there will alternative routes, hence decongesting the CBD.

Brian Mugwidi - 31 July 2014

@goodlife, roads will be decongested as only the rich will be able to drive into town with their personal cars...ruzhinji kumakombi, mabhasikoro or tsoka chaidzo. That is their logic mwana waamai. BTW nhasi tasvitsa 1yr tabva kuvhota!

Mai2 - 31 July 2014

Yes, mps have bussinesses every where,girlfriends everywhere,houses everywhere,schoolchildren evrrywhere and they hardly visits their constituents, only towards elections and they are made to travell for free.Hay guys,cde Chinotimba help us from these oppressors.Mps get nearly everything for free and now the electorate suffers for them.Most mps are not accountable to their constituants and they sleep in parliament only to wake up when voting .IT is the mps who are suppose to be paying the most.

KABS - 31 July 2014

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