Minister of Home Affairs and Culture Obert Mpofu recently told the Senate that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was no longer accountable to anyone under the tenure of former President Robert Mugabe. Mpofu said the new administration had closed off all the loopholes after realising that the ZRP was mainly interested in traffic duties were they were able to benefit. Said Mpofu,
The major problem is that the policemen were now doing what they wanted, not what the community wanted. No one could say anything to them..When you tell them not to do some things, they would not listen to you and they would do what they thought was right.
They were no longer doing what they were trained to do and they were competing on who is going to the roadblocks because there were benefits they were getting from that. We have closed all those loopholes.
The roadblocks had virtually disappeared after the fall of former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017. However, they have started resurfacing although the ZRP has moved to reassure the public that it is being done for their own good as a country cannot operate without roadblocks.
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