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ZRP should reform

File picture of police roadblock in Zimbabwe
File picture of police roadblock in Zimbabwe

While Zimbabweans across the political divide expect the ZRP as an institution to be efficient, effective and honest, over the years it has been doing exactly the opposite.

Until recently when the military stepped in and suspended its services, the ZRP’s corrupt practices had worsened and the organisation had lost people’s trust.

The police force — once respected, responsible and credible — had become infamous across the country because of its unpopular policing tactics that included its use of spikes on the roads and extortion of motorists.

Over the years, Zimbabweans have complained bitterly at the police brutal handling of peaceful demonstrations by opposition parties and ordinary citizens protesting over their welfare.

ZRP has also been found wanting in previous elections because of lack of professionalism and bias towards Zanu PF as it thwarted or out rightly refused opposition parties permission to hold their own rallies.

On top of ordinary Zimbabweans’ complaints has been the ZRP’s poor reaction to crime.

While they could not timely respond to cases reported by ordinary citizens citing lack of manpower or transport, what angered people were that hundreds of their officers would be on the roads mounting check points at every corner, cars and bikes mounted by the roadsides.

And it had gone out of hand with the ZRP now fully focusing on roadblocks and check points, hence spot fines increasingly became a huge cash cow for the force amid revelations that they were collecting about $59 million annually as they worked with targets.

Apart from raising these millions for the force, corrupt traffic officers openly demanded bribes from motorists with the unfortunate ones losing their jobs after being trapped while on the act.

After persistent reports of graft in the force, in 2014 the ZRP transferred 33 traffic police officers from its Avondale Police Station in Harare to remote stations for alleged corruption.

According to a Zimbabwe Visitor Exit Survey (VES) Report for the year 2015/2016, police harassment was one of the main reasons why tourists would not recommend Zimbabwe to other potential visitors.

The survey polled 38 680 foreign tourists over a 12 months period between 2015 and November 2016, and found that police harassment constituted the highest percentage of the reasons not to recommend the country to potential tourists, at 43,2 percent, followed by harassment by Zimra officers at 14,7 percent.

Last year, a report by corruption watchdog Transparency International showed that an overwhelming majority of Zimbabwe’s businesses perceive the police as one of the country’s most corrupt government agent.

According to a recent report by the International Police Science Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace, ZRP is one of the world’s worst police forces and ranks 102 out of 127 countries surveyed.

It is my hope that the incoming government will not let politicians abuse the ZRP as was with former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko who reportedly ordered the release of detained acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma and non-executive director Davison Norupiri who had been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) on allegations of defrauding the parastatal of US$1,3 million.

Mphoko also caused a storm after he reportedly stormed into Bulawayo Central Police Station, and expressed anger over the arrest of several Zanu PF activists in connection with the intra-party violence that occurred at the party’s provincial offices at Davis Hall. DailyNews

  • tawekufamba tichingofamba tichangofamba madiro mumugwagwa umu

  • Kudzidza zvakawanda

  • ma notes

  • Not as long as Chihuri is in charge.

  • Imhosva yaChihuri uyo wavarikuramba vakazemberana naye

  • Mapurisa akatibira zvakakwana.

    • Kkkkk you’re so funny, munobvisa mari muchipa mapurisa mopedza moti mabirwa

    • Dako unei chaunobirwa iwe Truro zvayo isina kana nduwe ndiwe unoti wabirwa. Dai wamboziva kuti mapurisa acho vana vemaGenerals acho and vana vemapurisa masoja wadai usingambo tauri izvozvo these people are one thing.

  • I believe the matter is not for the guys on the road . Masoja tese tiaziva haaite ma funnies. So ZRP has been involved in corruption for a long time and they lost their integrity.
    Leave the soldiers on the street for a year and tell me the out come

    • they end up behave like those corrupt police coz pipo r pipo

    • What do they know these soldiers, if so let them go to do Charge Office duties.

    • Their apperence talks atlist will be differnt from police’

    • Dan ShezZie soilders were doing all this for themselves not you… Soilders are more brutal than the police…. Zimbabweans know wat I mean

    • A year is too much their motive is clear, mission abt to accomplish

  • Pipo change

  • Police follow instructions

  • Munzara ”we are together! Again soldiers must discipline ZRP if found on a erong lane of Law’kicking them’ arresting them’ after all these sending them back to do their job not sitting on top of their balls wearing burned Caps beating & eating fruits for pple on the market for mahala using ZRP power”Mr Army Stretch your hand against monsters of Chihuri please ‘the country is for us all”’

    • Wadiiii kugara waisa masoja panzvimbo ye ZRP

    • Let me take a spliff’

    • This is lunacy. My friend just give those guys six months trying to do police duties you will cry foul

    • Plus investigation haiitwe nepfuti

    • You’re a lunatic. You worst your time waffling on Facebook but when Jonathan Moyo stole 400 thousand dollars you kept quiet, when chombo almost had a house in every city, town n growth points you kept quiet, when 15 billion went missing you kept your pussy mouth shut. You now make noise when you bribe the cops why. You’re a troll …moron

    • Imi munoitirei bribe to these police . pane akambosechwa cash muhomwe nepolice here. Ndimi muri kusvibisa zita repolice imi. Kana mabatwa nemhosva pamugwagwa don’t negotiate just pay the money according nemhosva yako wopiwa receipt

  • Zvimadrum zvavanonhonga kumagaba kumbare zvotonyorwa Police kkkk haaa zim haichagarika

  • The next march could b for the police coz they are cruel

  • zvinoti netsei ma hands eporis are too short to arrest ma politicians,democracy muzimba deng ,ma big fish emuzanu vaiva vese kuhondo ava saka kuti vazosungana kuno kunze zvinonetsa

  • How can they reform when they were hired via musango it Should be based on academic qualifications.

  • It’s time ZRP got an ex-army guy for Police commissioner just as Prisons.

  • Out of our roads this festive season

  • We will see mukabvumidzwa zvakare kuita mademostrations

  • pindai nekuna chihuri wacho nokuti ndiye aiva tuma kuisa maroadblocks nekuma location nemudzimba mose imbwa yemunhu

  • mxhm le zrp kanje niyoba senibuyile la dram enu elokhe e hwaya hwaqo esenza ama port hole sobiza i zdf manje

  • Police were given targets back at office which meant that their superiors were aware and promoted the exortation of bribe money from puplic. The is need to revamp the top of police services

  • I NEED THESE GUYS FOR REAL.
    I Love My ZRP

  • Chii chakaitwa ne army chinofanirwa kuitwa nemapurisa. Handioni mabasa achifanana aya .

    • People are ignorant, they need orientation as to job description of Soldiers and Police. Who prepared Docket for Chombo to appear in Court

    • Nhai henyu. Vision of these two services are totally differ.

    • Kkkkk asi murimupurisa atete

    • Well said

    • Loice waratidza kuti wakafunda, these people vane problem yekuti vairova mateacher nerekeni so they don’t want to read, they don’t know the constitutional mandate of ZNA and of ZRP. Constitutional mandate of ZNA is to maintain security and peace, then ZRP is to maintain law and Order.

    • That’s true Kore Kanyayi imwe fananidzo yadzo haiiti. Kufananidza nyati nemombe kkkkkkk

  • ZRP inonzi Torai Mari United.Can Obert do the imposible🤔🤔🤔.I Wonder

  • Kkkkkkkkk haaaaaa ndaifunga kuti vanhu vakadzidza but ndazviona kuti vakangofanana neni mayb ndirinani futi. Comparing 2 seconds dzamatora ma photos ne zna mototi kwai they ar gud frends saka maida kuti vakurovei kana kukusungai kuti maita sei? Dai maka misbehaver ndoo pamaiwona kuti they ar “real frends” for sho hahahaha surrend. Zimbos ar blinkard nhamo yavakuvadza pfungwa. Zvichanaka guys don worry.

    Isusu hedu maNurse toenderera mberi nema Injections edu.

  • Pathetic reporting by Nehanda

  • You mean conduct of staging a coup so that they also steal?

  • Masoja akapedza madiamonds nhasi ndivo vava vana Jesus. People forget easily. Hapana akachena paya

  • I thought kuti vachaita cut down civil servants payroll nekubvisa police in the system vova replacer ne army nekuti for the whole week zvakaita kkkkk

  • Police force was captured by ZANU pf , every rank from General to Jonior constable .
    so they is need to refurbish the whole force
    worse traffic department mhaiweeee these are law criminals, mbavha dziri legal.

    • Unonyepa iwe, wakatotsva mafuse chausingazive ndechekuti mapurisa acho vana vemaGenerals acho and vana vemapurisa masoja and all those people are together, kana vanhu two vakashata muOrganisation hazvirevi kuti the organization yakadhakwa. All junior ranks are together ZNA and Police.

  • Kkkkkk zvakaoma henyu, was travelling today from bulawayo to harare and when we reached a roadblock manned by an inclusive of ZDF and ZRP another passenger asked why is it police are now mixed with ZDF at roadblocks and a young man answered saying, ZDF is policing the ZRP from extorting money from the suufering public. Another police offer head the young man response and he fumed with anger saying who told you that, you are undermining the police authority, guess what passengers ordered the driver to stop and the officer was assaulted and left alongside the road

  • Cabinet ndoyakugadzirirai size, muchaona moto gore rino! Mupurisa anotori nani ayo

  • Lets wait and c, u will soon meet your tormentors, though I am not condoning corruption bt u will see who is more ruthless than the other

  • Pray for peace, we are going though trying times

  • Ku ministry ye lands kwaiswa musoja, foreign affairs musoja, justice ministry musoja, president musoja, ku masoja musoja.. 😁😁😁 kkk kkkkk kkkkk kusvika mati sorry

    • And u know what. All those generals who have been appointed ministers are now easy to expel from the government unlike when they were generals

    • Zvagara zvakangodaro wani imomo mupolice makazara maretired soldiers wani even Chihuri wacho chero ari dako hake he is an ex soldier, akaenda kuhondo ndosaka achinzi Cde. So what is new apa.

  • Pressure inobva zveee kumashef vanoda kuvaka dzimba neye paroad

  • They knw their job the problem is their bosses why cant they demote boss n make junior officers bosses

  • ngavainde muroad vasina mabhuku ne pen,then tobvisa homwe pama uniform avo

  • Ngavabvise madrumu avakunyadzisa ayo

  • ZDF the best force in our roads not these so called ‘ police ‘ who are always after milking the suffering masses.

    • Don’t give them money just pay your fine. The thing is you’re a corrupt someone , u bribe the cops and think you are innocent nooooo u too is guilt of that offence. Think think think. All corrupt pussy cats think they are innocent

    • Anopenga uyo ngaataure nezvachihuri aiba mari not these junior cops vaitotambudzwawo nematargets eparoad.

    • Are they enforcing any Traffic law or they are just in roads only?

  • There officers are stupid

  • Thieves

  • Just give these army boys arresting powers give them ticket book nechibook chemhosva chiya. Tione kuti vanozvifambisa sei jst for one month. No law if being enforced paye ingori presents then u compare them nemunhu aipiwa target l dnt thnk its fair. Corruption is bad but to say army is not corrupt merely bcoz vakungobvunza lD itx jst too much.

  • I think its not good for the soldiers to interact with the public too much. It will compromise and weaken the defense system of the country in the long run. We will cry again.
    Let there be corrective measures to the police. There is no country without police!!
    We only need to know where the money collected on roads is deposited and used.

  • All police officers should be re-education to comply with general public of Zimbabwe they are all monsters

  • These stooges must be disbanded or rebranded

  • Zvanga zvekutsaka mari chete

  • No more acts of misconduct

  • No more daily usd targets

  • up to now I still say thank you yo members of the zdf. the guys are jus worthy to receive my thank you.

  • Army iri right yes, then mukabirwa, mukaita accident or any other offense inoda kupindirwa neState let’s all go and report these cases to the nearest Army Barracks so that the soilders will come and attend the scene and compile all necessary dockets and papers to the relevant Courts.

    Viva our lovely Army