Blessings Mashaya 30 January 2018
HARARE – Police are giving preferential treatment to motorists driving
vehicles bearing Zanu PF insignia when enforcing traffic laws, Home
Affairs minister Obert Mpofu said, as he warned that no one is above the
Police have been accused of giving preferential treatment to motorists
driving cars decorated with Zanu PF paraphernalia – flags, hats and the
president’s picture branding, a culture which has continued from former
president Robert Mugabe’s era.
Mpofu issued the warning after MDC legislator for Harare West Jessie
Majome had quizzed him on the matter.
“I asked the Home Affairs minister to explain the reason behind the
preferential treatment given by police officers to motorists with vehicles
bearing Zanu PF insignia when enforcing traffic laws along the roads,” she
In response, Mpofu said police must arrest Zanu PF activists who use the
ruling party’s materials, including pictures of President Emmerson
“The ZRP is mandated under Section 219 of the Constitution to detect,
investigate, prevent crime, maintain law and order, uphold the
Constitution and enforce the law without fear or favour,” Mpofu said.
“It is against this background that the ZRP enforces the law without fear
or favour regardless of race, colour, creed or political party. It is also
in the interest of ZRP to be furnished with specific details where the
police have discriminated in favour of or against individuals or political
parties during traffic enforcement duties. Currently, we do not have any
cases of that nature that have been reported to the police and once we
receive such complaints, they will be investigated expeditiously.
“Let me also point out to this august House that the ZRP has since reduced
the number of roadblocks on our roads in line with the new
administration’s vision of promoting peace, security and economic