Gumbo cracks down on VID corruption

HARARE - Trasnsport minister Joram Gumbo yesterday vowed to fire Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officials and blacklist driving schools undermining the integrity of the driver’s licence by corruptly issuing the documents.

A miffed Gumbo turned his guns on VID driving examiners who are issuing certificates of competency and provisional driver’s licences corruptly.

Corruption at VID, vehicles with defects, speeding and bad roads have been cited as the major cause of traffic deaths across the country.

Weeding out rampant corruption at VID is among Gumbo’s key deliverables within the first 100 days of the inauguration of new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, he said.

The Zimbabwe driver’s licence is internationally recognised but has been losing its lustre due to wanton corruption in the issuance of the document which is adversely damaging its reputation.

Gumbo said he had hundreds of complaints from the public as well as names of VID officials and driving school instructors, who were involved in the web of corruption, accused of issuing driver’s licences unprocedurally. He said he would soon close in on them.

“Incompetent drivers have no business on our roads as they are ingredients to road accidents. The public domain is awash with reports of instructors who act as conduits in the alleged corrupt practices.

“I would like to warn all driving school owners and their staff that all allegations of corruption will be fully investigated and the long arm of the law will catch up with them. If a driving instructor or an assistant instructor is solely involved, he or she will be deregistered and handed over to the ZRP for prosecution. Where it is established that the school is involved, we shall ensure that it is closed forever,” Gumbo said.

“It is alleged that corrupt instructors mention the bribe to a learner driver, collect it and pass it to an equally corrupt VID driving examiner. They go on to share the loot.

“I would like to appeal to the VID director and all depot managers to inform their staff that in the new dispensation, we will not accept any form of corruption.

“What has been disheartening in this episode has been the defensive approach that the top echelons within the VID have chosen to adopt and in the process harbouring criminal behaviour that is prevalent in their depots.

“My ministry will not hesitate to suspend and thoroughly investigate anyone facing such accusations within the context of the 100 days,” Gumbo fumed.

Comments (6)

Kungobgereketa chete, totenda dzamwa dzaphwera naJoram wekuMberengwa.

Vote Mangena - 1 February 2018

kuvukura marezinesi achitonyorwa! does the minister mean he got wind of this issue just now? sick!

SaManyika Chaiye - 1 February 2018

corruption started at VID before i was even born. then it spread like a veld fire to all and sundry

gogodera - 1 February 2018

rega ndisvikeko maskati ndione kana watombovhundutsira

General - 2 February 2018

Itz clear Gumbo try as he might ,might still fail to stop corruption at VID; I don't see for real, the mechanism in place for him to effectively implement his ambitious aims, since itz very hard to beat the boys at the game.Many have come & failed-only shouting & stopped & then leave.Might only cause some disturbances & may b fire some unfortunate VID officers,but still fail in the end-for lack of clear & effective to stop it

addmore gudo - 3 February 2018

for lack of clear & effective ways to stop the corruption

addmore gudo - 3 February 2018

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