“The MDC leadership expressed alarm at the number of roadblocks that are being erected by the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said.
“These roadblocks are excessive and are apparently a ploy to fundraise for Zanu (PF).”
There are so many roadblocks set up by the police on the country’s highways and cities. Some of them are located merely a kilometre apart from each other. This has seen many motorists particularly commuter omnibuses complaining about them. Recently commuter omnibuses plying the Harare – Bindura and Harare -Norton withdrew the services in protest.
However in a speech at the last police pass out parade Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri vowed that the roadblocks will remain a permanent feature because they are a constitutional provision.
To make matters irate members of the public affected by the roadblocks have also complained on the many roadblocks mounted by the police. They accuse the police of setting up unnecessary roadblocks to solicit for bribes.
Harare police spokesman James Sabau told the United States based Studio 7 that indeed some police officers were corrupt but blamed it all on members of the public whom he said bribe them first. He said the roadblocks were meant to maintain law and order on the roads.