MOTORISTS ACCUSE COPS OF ASKING FOR BRIBES
…as police chief says proof is needed to verify claims
SOME motorists using Mwembeshi Road in Lusaka’s heavy industrial area have accused traffic police of asking for bribes and persistently mounting road blocks at awkward places.
The officers are said to be using a private Noah Vehicle in conducting their duties.
In separate interviews with the Daily Nation, one of the affected motorists, Maxwell Ngosa charged that the police officers were asking for bribes even if some vehicles were road worthy.
“I know that government has since banned unnecessary mounting of road blocks and what is worrying is that these officers look for faults just to find a way of asking for bribes even if a vehicle is road worthy.
“What is shocking is that they come in their personal vehicles and not the traffic patrol cars that they are supposed to use when executing their duties. It’s really inconveniencing for us because they waste our time trying to look for faults that are not there,” charged Mr Ngosa.
Another motorist, Jane Mwale expressed concern over the manner the road blocks were being mounted.
“How do you have a road block mounted from morning up to the evening? When some motorists are found wanting they are requested to pay on the spot but what we know is that this is supposed to be done through banks,” Ms Mwale complained.
But when contacted, Zambia Police Service Lusaka Division Commissioner of Police, Nelson Phiri advised the affected motorists to show proof of their claims.
Mr Phiri said check points that were mounted were in good faith but that people should come up with evidence if officers asking for bribes.
“Yes we have check points and those check points are legal and only those motorists whose vehicles are not road worth will always complain about the road blocks. If your vehicle is road worth and everything is alright then why should you complain, it’s only those whose vehicles are at fault who know that they will be found wanting,” Mr Phiri said.
Police Traffic along Mwembeshi road heavy industrial.