'Cops have no revenue targets'

HARARE - The only target police officers have is how many small vehicles, trucks or buses they have searched and not revenue targets, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has told Parliament.

This comes after Bulawayo Metropolitan MDC MP Dorothy Bhebhe asked whether it was government policy that when police go to roadblocks, they are given targets to meet in terms of revenue collection on daily basis.

But Mguni said: ‘‘There is a key performance indicator in any worker where each police officer must have a target on how many small vehicles they have searched, how many trucks they have searched and how many buses.

“It is not related to the revenue but to see that they are working, otherwise they will stand under the trees,” Mguni said amid loud interjections from backbenchers.

“Therefore, on key performance indicators, we have targets and on revenue, we do not know because all cars may comply and there is no revenue collected.”

Amid inaudible interjections, Speaker Jacob Mudenda jumped in, saying “the honourable deputy minister has disabused the issue of target on money collected.

“It is the number of vehicles that are being searched, which is the target.  So, the question does not arise,” the Zanu PF Politburo member and Speaker said.

With MPs having stood up in protest, Mudenda bellowed: “Order, order.  When the chair is giving a ruling, you do not stand up.

“The honourable deputy minister explained clearly that there is no target search for money collected. What is said is the number of vehicles that have been searched by the police in charge at that particular roadblock. That is the issue.”

Bhebhe raised a point of order, saying it was “a very pertinent question”.

Mudenda allowed Bhebhe to proceed.

“I am asking this question because when the police go out on roadblocks, they are supposed to issue tickets because it is not everyone who drives around a vehicle who carries money or has money in his bank account,” Bhebhe said.

“You would find that the police do not issue out tickets but they demand to an extent of threatening people to go to police stations and open dockets. Hence, I am asking the issue of the targets that arise because if you do not meet the target, it means you are going to coerce or force people to pay spot fines.

“This is why I am asking the issue of targets.  That is the clarity we want because people out there are going to charge us by the questions we ask and the responses we give.”

Mudenda said: “If there is that demand on the spot, the concerned citizen should quickly phone the police headquarters so that the officer who is demanding is brought to book”

Social media groups like #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka have cited corruption at police roadblocks where motorists encounter shakedowns by corrupt cops as among the main reasons for protests that have rocked the nation in the last few months.

Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) has also said the police and the Vehicle Inspection Department that issues driving licences were among the most corrupt institutions in the country.

MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga questioned why police officers carry spikes which they throw under people’s vehicles.

“I would like the honourable minister to clarify which law and policy they follow as they use these spikes.

“There are many people who have lost lives because of this,” she said.

Mudenda shielded Mguni from answering the supplementary question saying he did not know where it was going to “because the original question was about targeted collection and not spikes”.

Comments (10)

Does Mudenda use our roads? Has Mguni ever bothered to phone Dr Nkosana Moyo because I am too small for him to phine me although I met a similar fate as Dr Nkosana Moyo. Why does police allow their officers to leave stations without ticket books? Mudenda is the worst speaker Zimbabwe parliament has ever had. He makes parliament a laughing stock.

therambo - 21 February 2017

Mguni is either out of touch with what is obtaining on the ground,or is deliberately lying.Shame on him for either.It is public knowledge that the Zimbabwe REVENUE POLICE ARE GIVEN REVENUE TARGETS. On 09/01/2017 I resisted paying a spot fine and their ZRP (Traffic) antics and harassment to try and cow me into paying. During my solo liberation struggle with them I was taken to Mutare Central Traffic Police offices where the gang's boss openly ordered those without enough collections to ''.....endai pa OK nepa Spar for top-ups'' Readers may wish to know that after about 2 hours of of psychological harassment at these offices the gang failed to fleece a dime from me.

Dzingwena - 21 February 2017

THAT IS A LIE, WE LIVE WITH POLICEMEN IN OUR HOMES. WHO DO THEY WANT TO FOOL. WE KNOW THAT THE TARGET WAS RECENTLY INCREASED AND THAT IS CAUSING POLICEMEN TO DELAY PEOPLE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO STRIKE. CORRUPT POLICE FORCE, ITS NOW CORRUPT FROM THE HEAD. ONE DAY I WAS CLOSE TO A CHARGE OFFICE AND ALL THOSE WHO NOT MET THEIR TARGETS WHERE IN BIG TROUBLE, THIS IS HOW LOW AND IMMORAL OUR TRAFFIC POLICE HAS BECOME. ITS JUST EMBARASSING FOR A COUNTRY, AND THE POLITICIANS WATCH AND SMILE WHILE THE POLICE STEAL FROM CITIZENS IN THE NAME OF TRAFFIC POLICING.

budha - 22 February 2017

ZIMBABWE REVENUE CORRUPT POLICE,ZRCP thats their new name.

Ballista - 22 February 2017

Citizens of Zimbabwe, we need to be organised against this official crime against the people because if we just talk rather than act, it is our pockets which are going to suffer and our children go hungry while these people take our money on the roads, guys lets organise ourselves against these tyrants. Money is not easy to come by these days but you find someone not even selling an orange come on the road with a book, pen and a target, GO TO HELL.

danho - 22 February 2017

Mr. Speaker your intellect on this issue is limited..thats why you got the job in the first place..its zanupf way of doing things. First there is no denial (by the deputy minister) that there are targets set. Secondly there is a direct relationship between the number of vehicles searched and possible revenue - cash target. Thus in conclusion a hard working cop is one who stops and searches a high number of vehicles resulting in more revenue. To increase the chances of more revenue the police increased the check points and personnel. They have just become a nuisance on our roads that is contributing to the high carnage on our roads amongst other factors.

Sinyo - 22 February 2017

There is nothing honorable about being idiotic, a fool or both. The so-called ZRP are a bunch of thieves stealing from the citizenry daily armed with personalised spikes. They deserve to be spiked. They belong in Zanu PF's back pockets - RGM said it a short while back. They lost my respect in 1999.

Sagitarr - 22 February 2017

Mguni if you don't know shit don't spew shit,how can you say traffic cops have no targets when it is crystal clear that the opposite of what you are vomiting is true?I was stopped at a road block in Kadom and one of the cops happened to be my friend's young brother who openly told me that "Mdara pamwe pacho tinenge tisingadi kuomesera vanhu but when we get to the station to surrender cash for the day our superiors will ask you kuti ndochii chawauya nacho ichochi?Dzokera pa road uuye nemari kwayo.Hanzi ndopaunozoona taakusungira vanhu nezvimwe zvisina basa kuti tikavhire mari inodiwa ku station.So for this hapless Mguni should not lie before a parliamentary committee because Chihuri chaiye anotozviziva kuti mapurisa ane target and they actually tellthem kuti if you reach our target for the day,thereafter you can pocket imwe yese and i have witnessed it pa police station some officers coming from the road block vachisheedzwa one by one vachipihwa mari yavanenge vawana yemusana.

Janana wa Bikaz - 22 February 2017

Zanu PF Politicians please spare us the nonsense. Remember these cops are also our relatives, kids etc. Who does Mguni think is? I came accross a letter done by one Chief Inspector Furawu - Officer in Charge Harare Traffic addressed to one station indicating that their daily target had been raised from $4000 to $4400. The letter went to read " As such everybody should raise their individual target from the previous one". Quite mind boggliung that a whole minister of finance can go to town gazetting new and higher traffic fines - all aimed at fund-raising. Freedom is coming tomorrow!

cry my beloved country - 22 February 2017

Very sad indeed for a deputy Minister lies in parliament on a matter to do with Justice. How low we have sunk. Its far much better for these guys to shut up than to mock our intelligence with such lies. Voetsek.

Zombies - 27 February 2017

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