Po­lice be­hind night driv­ing ban

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PO­LICE are fully be­hind the pro­posal to ban pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors from driv­ing at night as most fa­tal ac­ci­dents oc­cur dur­ing the night, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing on the sidelines of the An­nual Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s fan­fare held at White City Sta­dium, na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said they sup­ported the mo­tion to ban night driv­ing as most fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the coun­try oc­cur at night.

“As po­lice we really sup­port the pro­posal and we hope the leg­is­la­tors move with speed in making sure it is tabled. Statis­tics have proved that a good num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents oc­cur dur­ing the night,” she said while making ref­er­ence to the King Lion bus ac­ci­dent, the Ka­ma­tive and Mvuma ac­ci­dents that claimed quite a num­ber of lives.

Snr Assnt Comm Charamba said vi­sion was always blurred dur­ing the night as there would be a num­ber of heavy ve­hi­cles that have a ten­dency of en­croach­ing into other lanes adding that hu­man er­ror was among the ma­jor causes of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

It was at the same event that Snr Assnt Comm Charamba stressed the need for po­lice of­fi­cers to up­hold the high­est lev­els of in­tegrity in the dis­charge of their du­ties. She said the po­lice had zero tol­er­ance to cor­rup­tion and would con­tinue flush­ing out bad apples from within the po­lice force.

“We want our po­lice of­fi­cers to up­hold the high­est lev­els of in­tegrity. We have a zero tol­er­ance to cor­rup­tion but this is not to say there are no bad apples. To main­tain our stan­dards we have con­tin­ued to deal de­ci­sively with cor­rup­tion within the po­lice force by flush­ing out those that are found on the wrong side of the law,” she said adding that mem­bers of the pub­lic should also play their part in the fight against cor­rup­tion that she said was eat­ing the moral fi­bre.

The fan­fare was held un­der the theme “ZRP serv­ing and safe­guard­ing peace and se­cu­rity in grace, sta­bil­ity and na­tion­hood”.

She fur­ther called on churches to travel dur­ing the day and to use road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles and avoid over­load­ing when going for their church meet­ings.Snr Assnt Comm Charamba said she was de­lighted by the re­sponse from the pub­lic to­wards the an­nual en­ter­tain­ment show.

“We are happy to be host­ing this here for the sec­ond time. We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port from mem­bers of the pub­lic and artistes, most of whom we now con­sider as fam­ily. We have de­cided to make this event an an­nual event that will be held in Byo as we are happy with the sup­port. We also want to thank the artists who have taken part and made this event a suc­cess,” she added.

A draw was con­tacted and those that were lucky walked away with var­i­ous prizes rang­ing from a smart phone, stove, fridge, gen­er­a­tor and four cars. The func­tion was at­tended by Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice Levy Sibanda who was the guest of hon­our.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Le­vie Sibanda ( cen­tre), Com­man­dant De­pot Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mun­y­ori Taedz­erwa (left), Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Stephen Mu­tamba and Po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba sing along the Na­tional An­them dur­ing the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice’s Bu­l­awayo Fun-Fair held at White City Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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