The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development criticized the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) after learning that only 62 corrupt officers ha been arrested between 2013 and 2018. The portfolio committee which is chaired by Zanu-PF MP Christopher Chitindi said the number was too low given the levels of corruption at the VID.
VID director Johannes Pedzapasi told the committee,
During the last five years, that is between 2013 and the better part of 2018m 62 officers were caught on the wrong side of the law.
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…Those that were found on the wrong side of the law were discharged and will not be employed by the public service again.
Earlier on this year, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Joram Gumbo warned VID Depot Managers that he was going to retire them unless they fired corrupt officers as part of the 100 days action programme. Said Gumbo then,
We have also heard of VID Driving Examiners who corruptly issue certificates of competency and even provisional driver’s licences. May I remind them that I am not going to tolerate such indecorous behaviour from public officials who betray the trust bestowed upon them as government employees. I would like to appeal to the Director Vehicle Inspection Department and all Depot Managers to inform their staff that in this new dispensation, we will not accept any form of corruption.
What has been disheartening in this episode has been the defensive approach that the top echelons within the VID have chosen to adopt and in the process harbouring criminal behaviour that is prevalent in their depots. In Shona, we say, “Hapana chiutsi chinoonekwa pasina moto – There is no smoke without fire.” My Ministry will not hesitate to suspend and thoroughly investigate anyone facing such accusations. Within the context of the 100 days action programme I would like to see tangible action being taken on errant officers by the Director responsible for the VID and his Depot Managers. If nothing happens we will retire the top officials to demonstrate our seriousness.