Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo has revealed that the government has said that it is okay for the Zimbabwe Republic Police to use spikes only in extreme cases of criminality. Chombo also added that in such cases police can also use firearms. However, the minister said that he was instructing the ZRP to reduce the number of roadblocks, as they were reducing numerous complaints.
People were saying roadblocks should be well spaced. As a ministry, we told Dr Chihuri and his team to rationalise their roadblocks. For example, in Epworth as a district, there should be at least two roadblocks that are at distances that are reasonable.
So, we wrote a letter to the police asking them to rationalise that.
However, what we are saying now is that these roadblocks (rationalised ones) should have spikes.
Both guns and spikes should only be used in extreme cases at these roadblocks and that is the advice given to the police by the Government.