Elec­tronic traf­fic sys­tem to mon­i­tor cops at road­blocks

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

THE Gov­ern­ment is set to in­tro­duce an elec­tronic traf­fic sys­tem to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­i­ties of police of­fi­cers de­ployed at road­blocks in real-time, to curb cor­rup­tion and en­sure com­pli­ance with traf­fic reg­u­la­tions.

Addressing jour­nal­ists in Harare yes­ter­day, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Ig­natius Chombo said the sys­tem would de­tect un­li­censed driv­ers, un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles, black­listed ve­hi­cles and driv­ers as well as fake li­cences.

This fol­lows con­cerns raised against police en­gag­ing in cor­rup­tion at road­blocks.

Last year alone, 320 police of­fi­cers were fired for var­i­ous of­fences bor­der­ing on the abuse of of­fice through cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to in­form the na­tion of our plan to in­tro­duce the elec­tronic traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems (ETMS), which is now at an ad­vanced stage. ETMS is an in­te­grated com­put­erised traf­fic sys­tem, which cur­tails the op­por­tu­nity for mo­torists and en­force­ment of­fi­cers to ne­go­ti­ate terms for re­solv­ing traf­fic in­fringe­ments,” said Min­is­ter Chombo.

“The sys­tem has the ca­pac­ity to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­i­ties of de­ployed traf­fic per­son­nel through­out the coun­try in re­al­time, de­tect un­li­censed driv­ers, un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles, black­listed ve­hi­cles and driv­ers as well as fraud­u­lently ob­tained li­cences, among sev­eral other traf­fic re­lated is­sues”.

Dr Chombo said the ETMS could record accidents, gen­er­ate dock­ets and gather sta­tis­tics elec­tron­i­cally.

He said the mea­sures were meant to re­duce cor­rup­tion in traf­fic polic­ing and at the same time en­sure com­pli­ance with road traf­fic reg­u­la­tions.

Speak­ing on the forth­com­ing fes­tive sea­son, Dr Chombo ap­pealed to road users to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion and care on the roads.

“This will re­duce and even pre­vent road car­nage and un­nec­es­sary loss of lives, which has be­come a com­mon oc­cur­rence dur­ing such pe­ri­ods,” he said.

“l would like to urge ve­hi­cle own­ers par­tic­u­larly pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors to en­sure that their ve­hi­cles are road­wor­thy, and not to over­load their ve­hi­cles and that they should value the lives of the peo­ple they carry to avert road car­nage,” he said.

Min­is­ter Chombo urged mo­torists and the gen­eral pub­lic not to take un­nec­es­sary risks by at­tempt­ing to cross flooded rivers as this would lead to un­nec­es­sary loss of lives. He also im­plored farm­ers set­tled along ma­jor roads and high­ways to take care of their live­stock to avoid accidents caused by stray an­i­mals.

Min­is­ter Chombo also raised con­cerns over the pro­lif­er­a­tion of self-styled tra­di­tional healers com­monly re­ferred to as tsika­mundas as well as fake prophets.

“We have noted with great con­cern the in­crease in cases whereby peo­ple end up los­ing their lives and valu­ables such as live­stock and cash af­ter they fall vic­tim to the trick­ery of these bogus tra­di­tional healers un­der the pre­text of con­duct­ing cleans­ing cer­e­monies,” he said.

“We would like to warn these tsika­mu­tan­das to stop this be­hav­iour of con­ning peo­ple of their valu­ables. We will not sit idle and watch whilst they fleece the gen­eral pub­lic. May I ap­peal to mem­bers of the pub­lic to report any such cases to the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Police so that these cul­prits can be brought to book and ac­count for their ac­tions,” he said.

The Min­is­ter warned Zim­bab­weans not to trust all “prophets” say­ing they risked los­ing their valu­ables.

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