Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday said plans to computerise the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s (ZRP) operations, including management of roadblocks, were at an advanced stage, with the government set to sign a multi-million-dollar public-private partnership (PPP) deal in the next two months.
ZRP has for the last four years been asking the government to computerise to help us reduce roadblocks, catch people driving without licences and to catch motorists abusing the system. In a month or two, we should be able to sign a PPP with partners such as the Ministry of Transport to computerise, control and manage all roadblocks so that, even if a motorist does not have money to pay a spot fine, they can swipe. The computerised system will enable ZRP headquarters in Harare to see from a satellite what is taking place at every roadblock in the country. It will take care of all complaints that people have been making to the effect that ZRP traffic officers have been taking bribes.
Chombo was speaking before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport on automation of the ZRP, roadblocks and spot fines.