Police launch crackdown on motorists in fund raising blitz

via Police launch crackdown on motorists in fund raising blitz | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Police have launched a massive crackdown on all major roads checking on uninsured vehicles. Motorists who have not paid tariffs are having their vehicles impounded.

This has sparked an outcry from motorists who accuse the authorities of raising funds for the broke government.

Officials from the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) are helping police with the spot checks.

Our Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa said police are pulling over uninsured vehicles, while ZINARA are checking if motorists have paid their road permit disks.

‘The ZBC is checking if radios in the vehicles have licence fees while ZIMRA is stopping buses mainly from across the border, to check on receipts for duty on all imported goods,’ Muchemwa said.

Muchemwa said while police insists it’s time the law breakers were caught and dealt with, motorists are accusing the state institutions of trying to raise money for a broke government.

It is estimated that there are close to two million vehicles on the road in the country and that less than half are driven without insurance, a permit disk or a ZBC licence.

However it is the timing of the crackdown, at a time when the government is struggling to pay its civil servants, that has raised eyebrows across the country.

‘Those coming from the Zimbabwean borders, especially Beitbridge, are complaining their goods are being confiscated by ZIMRA. The motorists say the blitz is a fund raising exercise to help raise money to pay salaries for government workers,’ Muchemwa added.



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    They are desperate to raise money, they are finding it more and more difficult to pay the government employees, it won’t be long now and the whole thing will collapse

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    Bambazonke 10 years ago


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    Noleen 10 years ago

    Daidzai madzibaba auye netsvimbo dzavo vsite bass sebasa! Vajaira mbavha dzevanhu nxa!

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    zanupf fear me 10 years ago

    A loot a continua !!!!!!

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    nesbert majoni 10 years ago

    Kusvika vabvuma kuita ma fresh and free elections kwete zva 2018 kure. Very soon zvinoita chete. They can’t rig the economy. NEVER

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    The police are collecting money for themselves. They do not even have to declare these fines – just to share them with their bosses.

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    jones peter 10 years ago

    I feel much more relieved when driving in neighbouring countries.
    Than harassment endured on Zimbabwean roads

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    word writer 10 years ago

    there was a man who was hungry, so he ate his hand. then he could not work. then he was hungry so he ate his feet and could not walk. then he drank his own blood and died. ……………

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    Petal 10 years ago

    Visitors from neighbouring countries have experienced this attitude of the police officers as well

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    Zindoga 10 years ago

    Fine books used by police are fake,when they remit that money to their Bosses it disappears thats why treasury is not geting that money

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    I dont know of any country where the police collect fines on the road side. In the civilised world (Zimbabwe is just outside)the Police may issue tickets but the fines are paid at designated areas and the money is properly accounted for. People have the option to challenge the fine if they wish.
    Zimbabwe’s Police are like feral children who having been abandoned by their parents roam the streets robbing and terrorising the public. Its such a shame.

    Mugabe is a modern day Vasco Da Gama how come he has not learnt anything from the many countries he gallivants to every few months?

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    Tongoona 10 years ago

    Robbery mentality. God is watching.

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    ZimJim 8 years ago

    Desperately building up their “retirement funds”?…

    Keep calm, Zimbos, and pass the button-sticks!