…as police chief says proof is needed to ver­ify claims

Daily Nation Newspaper - - METRO - By NA­TION REPORTER

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.

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