Articles tagged 'roadblocks'

ZRP warns against reckless driving 18 January 2018 HARARE - At least 37 motorists have been arrested for disregarding traffic rules, with Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) commendably using moral suasion to warn against reckless driving. In a statement yesterday, deputy police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said: “ZRP has noted with concern a sudden in...
Police impound unregistered vehicles 6 October 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is embarking on a blitz to impound all unregistered vehicles. Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said the “No to Unregistered Vehicles” blitz started early this month. It has so far netted 269 vehicles, which have been impounded. “A total of 269 vehi...
Traffic cop arrested over $2 bribe 7 September 2017 HARARE - A cop based at Southerton Traffic Section reportedly collected $2 bribes in return for free passage of kombis. Andrew Kapirima, 24, is answering to criminal abuse of office charges before Harare magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa. He is represented by Tatenda Muvhami and filed an applicatio...
Mugabe right on roadblocks 29 August 2017 HARARE - Our beloved police continue to hog the limelight. Sadly, due to wrong reasons, mostly. This time, it had to take President Robert Mugabe to call the law enforcers to order. And it is not the first time the 93-year-old leader has had to intervene in reigning in errant police beha...
Mugabe can not be trusted on roadblocks 28 August 2017 HARARE - On Saturday, President Robert Mugabe had many surprises for thousands of mourners who converged at the National Heroes Acre for the joint burials of the late Moudy Muzenda and George Rutanhire. But no one had expected him to savage the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for the conduct of...
Mugabe slams ZRP over roadblocks 27 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday endeared himself to thousands of mourners at the National Heroes Acre and millions of viewers at home, when he shamed the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)over its ubiquitous roadblocks and “culture” of bribe-taking on the roads which the 93-year-old warned...
$125 bribe for transfer to police traffic section 4 August 2017 HARARE - A police inspector based at Police General Headquarters (PGHQ) reportedly demanded a $125 bribe from a subordinate to facilitate her transfer to the national traffic section, a Harare court heard yesterday. Takawira Sigireta was released on $100 bail by Harare magistrate Josephine San...
Mugabe warns traffic cops over bribes 27 July 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday waded into the highly-emotive roadblocks saga when he warned traffic police officers against accepting bribes from motorists, a culture he said was militating against building and restoring confidence within the force. This comes as the Zimbabwe Repub...
New technology to avoid spot fines 24 July 2017 HARARE - Government is implementing new technology to deal with the contentious issue of spot fines payment by offending motorists, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has revealed. This comes amid furore and confusion over spot fines, with the courts ruling that they are not mandator...
'Zim now resembles war zone' 6 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe now resembles a war zone, with citizens’ movement curtailed by harassment at border posts and arbitrary stops at numerous roadblocks, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. “There are things that really frighten citizens, these things called spikes,” Tourism minister Walter Mzemb...
Roadblocks fine collections alarming 6 July 2017 HARARE - While parliamentarians have over the months raised the issue of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) setting cash targets on roadblocks, officials from Home Affairs ministry have vehemently refuted this, saying the only targets are those of the number of vehicles they should inspect per day. ...
Police roadblocks rake in $14m in 6 months 5 July 2017 HARARE - In a stunning development, the Zimbabwe Republic Police collected $14 million from its unpopular roadblocks and arrested more than one million traffic offenders in the first six months of this year, documents in our possession show. Apart from raking in the staggering millions of doll...
Confusion over police roadblocks 25 June 2017 HARARE - The Home Affairs ministry insists it is committed to the decision to limit roadblocks to 40 countrywide, but opposition and rights campaigners said the pronouncement was a half-hearted first step. Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni told senators on Thursday that they are goi...
Govt risks not being taken seriously 17 June 2017 HARARE – One of the burning issues on nearly everyone's lips these days is the high prevalence of roadblocks on the country's roads. It has become the “new normal” for motorists to go through at least three roadblocks in a stretch of about 10 kilometres, possibly unprecedented in the history o...
Mnangagwa spot-on on police roadblocks 8 June 2017 HARARE - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa was on-point when he ordered Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and his Tourism counterpart Walter Mzembi to urgently meet and address concerns raised over numerous police roadblocks. Mnangagwa on Tuesday said he was aware that the issue of roadb...
Mnangagwa speaks on roadblocks 7 June 2017 HARARE - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged the Home Affairs and Tourism ministries to join hands and find a lasting solution to the pervasive bribe-seeking police checkpoints hindering travellers on the roads to Zimbabwe's famous tourist spots. This comes as tourists have added the...
Parly savages police roadblocks 13 April 2017 HARARE - Parliament has called on police to curb the many unwanted roadblocks that they are mounting, saying they are terrorising both locals and international tourists. The call comes as police are also under intense pressure to discontinue throwing spikes at moving vehicles at roadblocks. ...
Police must walk the talk 13 April 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has, for the past few weeks, been telling all and sundry that they will reduce roadblocks on the country’s roads and highways and that the law did not permit their members to throw spikes at moving vehicles. However, nothing has changed. In fact, the...
'Too many police roadblocks killing tourism' 10 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Council of Tourism (ZCT) chief executive Paul Matamisa has called for an all-stakeholders meeting to deal decisively with menacing police roadblocks which have triggered scorn and outrage among business and ordinary Zimbabweans. This comes as a large cross-section of Zimbabwe...
Police spikes illegal: Minister 8 April 2017 HARARE - Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has said it is illegal for the police to throw spikes at moving vehicles. Answering a question from Midlands Senator Lilian Timveos who questioned him about police use of spikes to deflate vehicle tyres in an attempt to stop motorists alleg...
'10km roadblocks will fuel corruption' 7 April 2017 HARARE - The Tourism and Hospitality industry yesterday led a large cross-section of Zimbabweans in condemning a government directive that empowers police to mount one roadblock within a 10 kilometers radius, arguing that the ill-advised decision would fuel corruption on the country's roads. C...
Motorists in anti-police campaign 3 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean motorists have launched a campaign against “abuse” by the police on the country's roads, with the road users planning to petition Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo. So far, the petition by the Road Users Association (RUA) Zimbabwe on March 22 has got 3 012 signatures by...
Broke govt hikes traffic spot fines 30 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's stone-broke government has increased traffic spot fines by nearly 100 percent, in a controversial move it claims will reduce road accidents. This comes as Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has just slapped suffering small businesses — including hair salons, ...
Does Zim need all these roadblocks? 2 March 2017 HARARE - Reports this week that over 10 000 tourists have complained about the numerous police roadblocks in Zimbabwe and the rough treatment they received from the uniformed forces is a matter of national concern. This does not only put a dent on the tourism industry — one of the few sectors ...
Tourists rubbish Zim police, roads 1 March 2017 HARARE - In yet another major setback for Zimbabwe's international standing, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) yesterday released a damning report in which 10 000 tourists complained about the police — with 500 of them promising never to return to the country again, citing harassm...