Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor Po­lice must rein in kombi driv­ers

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ED­I­TOR — It is hoped that the re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Com­mis­sion­erGen­eral God­win Matanga that an ex­er­cise cur­rently un­der­way to stream­line the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) will in­deed re­sult in the ef­fec­tive de­ploy­ment of po­lice of­fi­cers for op­er­a­tional du­ties.

Spe­cial fo­cus must be on pe­nal­is­ing kombi and pi­rate taxi driv­ers who are break­ing road rules with im­punity.

Some of th­ese mo­torists brazenly drive against on­com­ing traf­fic, stop ve­hi­cles at in­ter­sec­tions or wher­ever they please, rid­ing is­lands and drive their ve­hi­cles with their as­sis­tants lit­er­ally hang­ing at the back of ve­hi­cles.

One won­ders whether th­ese driv­ers ever read the High­way Code, or they cor­ruptly ob­tained driver’s li­cences.

Their be­hav­iour is a ma­jor cause of ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing in deaths and maim­ing in­no­cent lives.

Fur­ther­more, th­ese un­ruly driv­ers are creat­ing traf­fic jun­gles in cities and at times at toll­gates when Zi­nara equip­ment is over­whelmed.

The thin pres­ence of the ZRP on the ground to carry out its con­sti­tu­tional man­date of pro­tect­ing the cit­i­zens against all th­ese vices is a dis­turb­ing trend.

We hope sooner rather than later the ZRP moves in to close this policing gap. Ku­vita, Harare

A commuter om­nibus driver drinks beer while load­ing pas­sen­gers at Basch Street Bus Ter­mi­nus in Bu­l­awayo in this file photo.Such driv­ers put the lives of their pas­sen­gers and other road users in dan­ger. Pas­sen­gers also con­trib­ute to road car­nage as they...

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