Articles tagged 'spikes'

Council, police use spikes again 7 November 2017 HARARE - The Harare City Council and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) enforcement team tasked to restore order in the city centre has begun using metal spikes again, the Daily News can reveal. The team, which is not only targeting vendors but pirate taxis (mushika shika) and kombis, has been usi...
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...
Tension as soldiers 'discipline' cops in Harare 3 August 2017 HARARE - Soldiers whipped and clubbed police officers even as they lay on the ground in violent unrest on Tuesday night stirred by resentment over the use of police spikes. While both the army and the police have not provided a reason or issued statements on the incident, witnesses said the so...
'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...
'Police will continue to defy High Court' 19 June 2017 HARARE – Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni says police will continue to defy High Court orders as long as they “compromise the country's security”. Speaking in the National Assembly last week,  Mguni said the police service would not discontinue the issuance of spot fines as they ha...
ZRP ignores voices of reason 19 June 2017 HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) continues to ignore calls by senior government officials — including President Robert Mugabe — to reduce roadblocks, a situation that has immensely affected the tourism industry and prejudiced the country millions of dollars. At various public forums...
Police dragged to court over spikes 3 May 2017 HARARE - Human rights activist Okay Machisa has dragged the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to the High Court in a bid to stop the law enforcement agents from throwing spikes at moving vehicles. In the application, Machisa — represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights — cited police co...
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...
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...
Cops throwing spikes risk jail 5 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean police using two-metre-long iron bars bristling with spikes to deflate vehicle tyres in an attempt to stop motorists alleged to have committed a traffic offence risk up to 10 years in jail, legal experts warned yesterday. Zimbabwe in 2004 enacted a criminal law re-enacting ...
Iron spikes: ZRP's new weaponry 16 January 2017 HARARE - While not so long ago the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) traffic section had become notorious for chasing down kombis in town and smashing their windscreens, this time around the force has devised another tool — the hand iron spikes. In the past, it had become normal to see many kombi...