By Langton Ncube| A revenue statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs has revealed that the Zimbabwe Republic Police collected $38.28 million in fees and fines from January to September 2017 contradicting with what the former ministry boss Ignatius Chombo told parliament early this year.
In June, Chombo told Parliament that ZRP actually collects only $12 million to $15 million annually.
The revenue statement which was signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary , Melusi Matshiya on the 6th of December 2017 said , ZRP was poised to collect $51 million by the end of the year, a figure which seems to tally with the $59 million revealed by the Parliament Budget Office (PBO) in June.
The money which was collected by the ZRP was incorporated in the National Budget statement for 2018 by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa last week who promised greater transparency in the management of the funds.
However, according to the ministry’s statement, the $51 million figure is expected to drop to $41 million in 2018.
This comes after there was a visible reduction in the number of police roadblocks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa come into power in November after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched Operation Restore Legacy.
The ZRP is now conducting patrols with members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
The ZRP has also revealed an 11 point plan to improve relations with motorists and to restore the public’s confidence in the service.
In the past, the ZRP was close-lipped and cagey about how much the organisation collected from the roads.
In 2014, Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba lashed out at then Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner General Gershom Pasi after he claimed that the ZRP was collecting between US$3 million and US$7 million monthly from roadblocks.