Minimise police roadblocks

EDITOR — I’m a commuter omnibus driver plying the City-Epworth route daily and am worried by the conduct of police on this route (Chiremba Road).

It’s only a small stretch of a few kilometres yet you usually find no less than four to five roadblocks yet other bigger routes like the City-Glen Norah one have fewer roadblocks, why?

Usually, there is a roadblock near Domboramwari Police Station, then Hatfield Police Station, later the highway police and the “BMW  crew”  therefore I beg to ask the police authorities is this normal?

Fine, we have no problem with the police presence on our roads and we can pay fines if we are at fault but why do these different groups of police officers refuse to accept a ticket from a previous roadblock on the same road? They simply give you another, is this legal?

And now that the law of the country has spoken about the illegality of spot fines, why is police refusing to observe the law?

By the way, where are the anti-corruption units when we are being fleeced daily on these roads?

Tired Driver

Comments (16)

i am sick and tired of these police officers on our roads before 2010 we used to only highway bmw now our roads are infested with these guys please something must be done yours concerned citicen

kativhu k - 20 February 2015

i am sick and tired of these police officers on our roads before 2010 we used to only highway bmw now our roads are infested with these guys please something must be done yours concerned citicen

kativhu k - 20 February 2015

I have just got back from Kariba at lunchtime. There were four roadblocks from Afdis to Westgate. It seems to me that all Police Stations have jumped on the bandwagon to collect "funds" from travelling motorists.

Pakenyama - 20 February 2015

I travelled from Gaborone to the border (Plumtree) and only had one police roadblock the check point between the border and Francistown. From Plumtree to Bulawayo there were 10 road blocks, this we counted with people that were in car. Imagine 10 road blocks for a distance of less than 100km making it an average on one road block per every 10kms. If we are really serious with promoting tourism we should then move in to have this problem sorted.

Moses - 23 February 2015

Police roadblocks are a source of private funding for individual cops, legalized of course by ZIM-ASSET.

Mukanya - 23 February 2015

we need to collect money to give grace and his guy so why trying to block us from the emperor's collection imika muchazvifira zvokutaurisa miromo ita ziii kana muchida kufema

tozvireva - 23 February 2015

Hakuna kombi driver anonyora chirungu chakadaro kunyeba chaiko

ini - 23 February 2015

I have traveled from Francistown to Gaborone a distance of 440km and have not met a roadblock. Given the extent of corruption and stealing within the country at large and police force in particular they can only be on the road for daylight robbery. Thieves have a field day all over the country, besides when police are called they fail to avail themselves yet on the roads they are crawling everywhere. Can you imagine the amount of time wasted by business people.

Mandla Ncube - 24 February 2015

Please can affected people stop complaining through the press and flood the courts , the legal systerm requires complainants to act, as we head from justice Bere the police have no chance in a court of law.

murapa - 25 February 2015

Iwe Ini, chinotadzisa kombi driver kunyora chirungu chii? Unoita sei kana wakadzidza, una mai, vanun'una, watizirwa obva azvara, apa basa hauna?

Johannes - 3 March 2015

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