'Police not allowed to take drivers' licence'

HARARE - It is illegal and not procedural for police officers manning roadblocks to take a motorist’s driver’s licence, a court heard yesterday.

This was said during the trial of activist Promise Mkwananzi, who was facing charges of holding a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle on a public road and failure to comply with instructions given by police officer.

Mkwananzi was represented by Marufu Mandevere when he appeared before Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta.

The first count of “holding a cellphone while driving a motor vehicle on a public road” was withdrawn by State after conceding that there was no basis to continue with the charge.

In response to Mkwananzi’s application to have the matter removed from remand, prosecutor Devotion Nyagano responded: “It is illegal for a police officer to take the accused person’s licence . . . however, the accused person was at fault for refusing to comply when police officers asked to see his licence just to verify if it was genuine or not”.

Mandevere argued that his client had only refused to have the cops confiscate his licence.

The matter was subsequently deferred to October 7 for ruling.

The State alleged that on September 20, this year, Mkwananzi drove along Samora Machel Avenue due east and approached the traffic-controlled intersection at Leopold Takawira Street.

The court heard that there were four cops on duty and one of them noticed Mkwananzi holding his cell phone seeming to be scrolling through messages while driving.

Mkwananzi stopped before the traffic lights and one sergeant Masaire approached him and pronounced him arrested.

Comments (6)

At that junction they are really harassing drivers. They actually peep into you car and accuse you of using your phone, they are predators there more of hyenas on a carcass

therambo - 5 October 2016

What would you expect from officers who, just a few weeks back were referred to as "ndevedu" by the so-called president of the country. Whatever you expect can never be professionalism just like their party.

Sagitarr - 5 October 2016


NUTTY DREADLOCK - 6 October 2016

Those sre mugabe's bull dogs & not the police

Benito - 8 October 2016

This message must also be sent to those rogue police officers manning Chegutu road blocks must be educated about this. This law is new unto them and I wonder where they did their training. Hence the reason why the general public is negative on the police officers. What they know best and not forget is to put on those reflective sleeves. Please recruit people with at least 2 A level passes if professionalism is to be instilled in the police department. This is a very sensitive department in a country.

nhamoinesu - 10 October 2016

Is looking at your phone while driving, an offence? What if I am checking my GPS on the phone for direction at an intersection. Haaaaaa varume, this is not good, tisadaro. What's wrong with you people?

nhamoinesu - 10 October 2016

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