“A Country Cannot Operate Without Roadblocks”: Charamba Defends Resurfacing Of Roadblocks

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba has defended the resurfacing of roadblocks saying a country cannot operate without them.

Addressing a media workshop in Gweru yesterday, Charamba said motorists should not be dismayed by the resurfacing of roadblocks since the police has established measures to ensure that there is no corruption at the roadblocks. Said Charamba:

We know there is an outcry due to resurfacing of roadblocks lately, but we cannot do without roadblocks because they are part of our duties. It is our duty as police to mount roadblocks provided they are done objectively. We have put-up measures that are meant to ensure that corruption is not anywhere near the roadblocks. I urge the public to report any case of corruption to the nearest relevant authorities so that the culprits can be dealt with.

Charamba said not all police officers where corrupt and that they have put in place an anti-corruption team to monitor roadblocks. She added that roadblocks are also mounted for awareness campaigns and to protect the public from criminals.

More: Herald

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8 comments on ““A Country Cannot Operate Without Roadblocks”: Charamba Defends Resurfacing Of Roadblocks

  1. one of EDs achievements in his 1st 100 days in odfice that we celebrated was the eradication of numerous unnecessary road blocks. If you bring them back then ……l personally think your are literally sabotaging the president.

  2. But operating without road blocks is like leaving a supermarket with doors open after work . Remember all illigal things are transported by road eg copper, stolen beasts ,ivory etc . So roadblocks are deterant measures that can deter criminals from operating at free will. We want security blocks without ticket books to avoid transacting with cash. We should not join hands with criminals who are after victimizing innocent citizens in blaming the police and the road blocks .We must preach to the police not to harass the public and the community so that they reclaim the public confidence .

    1. True I totally agree with your remarks. Road blocks are necessary but ZRP needs a SMART approach to this since there is technology (i.e. Cameras) that can now be used instead of having 15 policemen and policewomen standing and wasting tax payers and Public Service Commission money and even polluting and contaminating the environment with human excreta (i.e. They use the bush system usually to relieve themselves) lol. As long as you bring back these guys = Increased Corruption. You have given them an opportunity to rob us of our money and finish their building projects, which were now at a stand still. I work outside the country and every-time I came to Zimbabwe for family visits, I would leave +100 dollars to ZRP. For NO commission of a road crime at all.

  3. i really really hope this doesn’t turn into the bullshit we had before of the police acting like badged streetkids and defrauding the public of money at every possible opportunity. We’re supposed to be able to trust and rely on the police…. but that relationship is still in ruins.

  4. I personally disliked the previous traffic control system that had numerous roadblocks with corrupt policemen who would grab your car keys and impound your vehicle for failing to pay a spot fine of $10– and guess what the spot fine will be for: because one of your windows wans’t opening. Let’s hope that this new wave of roadblocks does not turn into another wave of harrasment of ordinary motorists!

  5. One can understand the need for proper policing, but, is Zimbabwe again going to have a roadblocks every 20 km (or less) apart? Will the officials only focus on apprehending criminals and / or obviously unroadworthy vehicles? OR, will tourists (and locals) be harassed into paying penalties for petty / imaginary offences (that pose no threat to the rule of law)? Is crime so rife in Zimbabwe that such a heavy presence of police is required on the roads? Is Botswana or, South Africa, so much safer, considering that one hardly ever encounter any roadblocks there? Just asking….

  6. Old habits are difficult to stop I think ZRP HQ must ensure that there’s 0 tolerance at road blocks inline with President Emmerson MUNANGAGWA saying not all police are corrupt seem to suggest there are some who are if this is the case do not deploy road blocks until you are sure it’s manned by 0 corrupt police

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