Police warn of fake roadblocks

HARARE – Police have warned that fake roadblocks were being mounted by expelled cops to extort money from motorists.

“We are fully aware of the machinations of some unscrupulous elements who have formed a fifth column that masquerades as police, conducting illegal roadblocks, using spikes and collecting money for themselves,” police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba told a news conference yesterday.

Police are asking people to be extra cautious when they see “something on the road”.

The fake police officers have effectively formed a parallel service, Charamba said, adding they would soon catch up with the rogue elements.

Three men have been already nabbed and were in custody, assisting the police with investigations.

She urged the public to demand identification cards from officers manning roadblocks.

“Of late, we are noticing a disturbing phenomenon where some individuals or groups of people have gone on overdrive trying to paint gloomy pictures about the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

“They are employing numerous strategies  . . . in a bid to discredit the police service, tarnish our image and foment hatred.”

Charamba suggested that there was a powerful hand behind the actions of the bogus police officers.

“Very soon, we will be able to establish whose agenda they are driving and in particular the brains behind their illicit operations,” Charamba said.

She further appealed to the public to report any suspicious individuals or people masquerading as police.

“Our telephone hotline numbers are 04 748836 or 777651 or any nearest police station.”

She acknowledged that nabbing the clique will not be easy as the criminal world had become “exceedingly complex” but was confident that with the “employment of diverse proactive measures of crime prevention” they would get to the bottom of the security concern.

Charamba said computerised operations and integration of all transport management systems to include vehicle theft squad is the long-term cure for the issue.

Computerisation would also eliminate spot fines.

Comments (7)

"They employ numerous strategies...to discredit the police service.."@ Charamba you know very well that the police force are a law unto themselves and have been taught how to siphon money from motorists without any checks. How then do you expect those purportedly fired to abandon the tricks of making easy money and live large?They are taking advantage of the numerous roadblocks which people have been complaining about , which you have been frantically trying to justify all the time.

Tahir Iqbal - 15 June 2017

With the ZRP service standards gone to the dogs due to poor training, ill equipment im afraid its difficult to tell who is genuine from the fakes that's abound. Its a fact that the only properly and neatly costumed policeman are the Commissioners only.

Sinyo - 15 June 2017

With the manner in which the police harass you, do you think there is any time to ask for identification.Vasungei imi vacho. We are tired of these police

Ma1 - 15 June 2017

This is a stupid story. It is the police themselves who have been setting up roadblocks all over and now they wide to plead innocence. All a fool can buy this crap. The fact that one or two people have set up the so called illegal roadblocks makes one wonder how they got the police uniforms. If they were expelled cops why were they allowed to retain their uniforms and IDs? Something does not add up here!!!

MR COOPER - 15 June 2017

Roadblocks - for security,,, what laugh! Zanu PF's mechanism for oppression; violating the peoples rights to free movement.

Tsotsi - 15 June 2017

Roadblocks - for security,,, your are having a laugh!! Zanu PF's mechanism for oppression: violating the peoples' right to free movement. Smith was better.

Tsotsi - 15 June 2017

The problem is ZRP members themselves. The police are the ones who intimidate people and make unnecessary roadblocks to suck people of their little hard found cash. ZANU PF government has persistently blessed the corrupt roadblocks. The so called " fake road blocks" mounted by "fake police police" created by fake policing is in itself decampaining ZANU PF vividly as it shows how corrupt and criminal this government has become!!! Charamba, you and your juniors are roadblock criminals. You know this fact. Remove the suckers from roads please!!!!!!

Keee Keeeee !!! - 15 June 2017

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