Rules for road­blocks laid down

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THE Govern­ment has said road­blocks must not be mounted less than 10 kilo­me­tres apart as it vi­o­lates United Na­tions (UN) guide­lines on road pa­trols.

Home Af­fairs Deputy Min­is­ter Cde Obe­d­ingwa Mguni said it was not only il­le­gal but also bizarre to have road­blocks within a 10 kilo­me­tre ra­dius.

Cde Mguni said this in Par­lia­ment last week while re­spond­ing to a ques­tion posed by Chi­tung­wiza North MP God­frey Sithole (MDC-T) on the cri­te­ria used to mount road­blocks.

Deputy Min­is­ter Mguni also road­blocks do not pro­mote tourism.

“The policy is driven from the United Na­tions. In a writ­ten doc­u­ment, it says road­blocks can be mounted 10 kilo­me­tres apart.

“How­ever, here in Zim­babwe we don’t have num­bers of po­lice who can man­age to do every road­block and it is not tourism friendly to mount road­blocks af­ter every 10 kilo­me­tres. It’s bizarre for the coun­try,” said Cde Mguni.

He said some­times po­lice use their dis­cre­tion to mount road­blocks when they deem it nec­es­sary as part of their op­er­a­tional du­ties.

“We choose the cor­rect spots which we think are hot spots where the road­block should be and the other thing is that there are se­crets which even I as a Min­is­ter they (po­lice) can­not tell me be­cause they’re are do­ing op­er­a­tional du­ties where they can mount a road­block there and change it as they get in­for­ma­tion be­cause they have got in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion within them.

So they have to mount (road­blocks) since the peo­ple is be­ing or­gan­ised to re­volt. Some peo­ple may de­stroy prop­er­ties, it may be danger­ous to other peo­ple’s lives so po­lice have the right to make de­ci­sions to keep the coun­try in a peace­ful state,” said Cde Mguni.

The Deputy Min­is­ter also clar­i­fied the dif­fer­ence be­tween road­blocks, spot checks and pa­trols.

“These are three dif­fer­ent things. Usu­ally, the motor bikes peo­ple are do­ing what we call pa­trols and spot checks. They can pa­trol whether they are two and if they see sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles, they have the right to stop them be­cause they do not pa­trol just to go. They have to iden­tify some­thing which is wrong and they have got the right to stop and make in­quiries whether they are two or one,” he said.

Cde Mguni said road­blocks must have three or more po­lice of­fi­cers.

“In a pa­trol as well, be­sides the motor bike — it could be a BMW or any other car, two of­fi­cers can be there in that car. They drive it along the road pa­trolling and iden­ti­fy­ing un­usual ac­tiv­i­ties. They can stop ve­hi­cles and search if they have to,” he said.— @Aux­il­iaK. said too many

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