The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACTA) said an assessment it carried out recently showed that corruption by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was worsening.
“The report revealed that on the 9th of October 2012, police officers manning checkpoints between Plumtree and Kwekwe demanded and were paid bribe money for which they did not issue official receipts,” ACTA said in a statement.
“The money paid was pocketed by the individual police officers thereby depriving the nation of its much-needed resources for development.
“Furthermore, the report revealed that police officers between Plumtree and Bulawayo were more corrupt as compared to their colleagues between Bulawayo and Kwekwe since they received bribes at six out of the seven checkpoints, which constituted 85.7% prevalence.”
Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, the ACTA coordinator, encouraged responsible authorities in Zimbabwe to take appropriate action against the culprits.
“The fact that the prevalence of corruption on Zimbabwean roads is high and takes place publicly should make it easy for either the ZRP management or the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to lay traps and catch the culprits red-handed,” he said.
“Failure to nip the problem in the bud is a manifestation of a lack of political will to fight the problem head-on.”
The report decried the number and the distance between checkpoints.
“On the 9th of October 2012, there were at least seven checkpoints between Plumtree and Bulawayo which delayed motorists and milked them through bribe money,” it added.
“The report demonstrated that the bus departed Plumtree border post at 7:26 a.m and arrived in Bulawayo at 10:10 am, over a distance of 100 kilometres, and the delays were attributed to the police checkpoints where police officers were negotiating bribes.”
Chaumba urged motorists and members of the public to take video footages using their phones and cameras in order to name and shame the culprits.
ZRP Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has often defended the increase in the number of roadblocks claiming they were meant to curb lawlessness on the roads.