Road­blocks to con­tinue: Math­ema

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HOME Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema has said po­lice road­blocks will con­tinue in the coun­try’s ma­jor high­ways as they help pre­vent crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties and bring a sem­blance of san­ity on the roads.

The min­is­ter how­ever, promised to keep them rea­son­able in num­ber say­ing the prob­lem was not the road­blocks but the be­hav­iour of some po­lice of­fi­cers man­ning them, who were de­mand­ing and ac­cept­ing bribes, de­tain­ing mo­torists and un­nec­es­sar­ily in­con­ve­nienc­ing the mo­tor­ing pub­lic. He pledged to look into that with a view to weed out all bad ap­ples who were dent­ing the good im­age of the po­lice and mak­ing the coun­try unattrac­tive to in­vestors. He warned po­lice of­fi­cers to de­sist from cor­rup­tion say­ing the Gov­ern­ment had a zero tol­er­ance to the vice and any of­fi­cer found on the wrong side of the law risked los­ing their job.

In an in­ter­view with Sun­day News, Min­is­ter Math­ema said it was im­por­tant to note that no coun­try could op­er­ate with­out road­blocks as they were an im­por­tant part of polic­ing not only in en­sur­ing san­ity on the coun­try’s roads but also to en­sure crim­i­nals do not take ad­van­tage of their lack to fur­ther their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said in most cases po­lice do not just set up road­blocks willy-nilly but it would be part of a spe­cial op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing cer­tain crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“ZRP in essence op­er­ates ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe; it is an in­sti­tu­tion that was cre­ated by the Con­sti­tu­tion, not by me, not by any­body, not even by the Pres­i­dent. There­fore, if there are road­blocks, the po­lice will be ful­fill­ing their con­sti­tu­tional man­date and in most cases, it will be part of an op­er­a­tion maybe tar­geted at crim­i­nals, smug­glers or even hu­man traf­fick­ers.

“Fur­ther, Zim­babwe is part of In­ter­pol among other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clu­sive of Comesa, Sadc and AU so if ZRP re­ceives in­for­ma­tion from our part­ners on cer­tain crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, we will then have to set up road­blocks to help stop the crim­i­nal­ity that might be hap­pen­ing and maybe in tran­sit. To be frank, no coun­try ex­ists with­out road­blocks,” said the Min­is­ter.

Cde Math­ema said the po­lice were now op­er­at­ing in such a man­ner that they did not just set up road­blocks with­out con­sid­er­ing con­se­quences to the econ­omy of the coun­try and pro­tec­tion of in­vestors, tourists and cit­i­zens in gen­eral.

“How­ever, still on the is­sue of po­lice I must has­ten to warn them that we will never tol­er­ate any acts of cor­rup­tion among them, we want our po­lice to re­main at the ser­vice of the peo­ple who are there to pre­vent crim­i­nal­ity and pro­tect our cit­i­zens. They have to con­duct them­selves pro­fes­sion­ally and in a man­ner that will re­store con­fi­dence in their ser­vices. Mem­bers of the pub­lic must re­port any of­fi­cer who is seen to be act­ing cor­ruptly and un­pro­fes­sion­ally and these will surely be dealt with ac­cord­ingly,” said the min­is­ter.

He said his min­istry would work in en­sur­ing that de­part­ments like the registry were ef­fec­tively de­cen­tralised such that peo­ple could ac­cess their key doc­u­ments much closer to where they stayed.

“My im­me­di­ate task is to en­sure that all de­part­ments of Home Af­fairs are pro­fes­sion­ally run to serve the peo­ple of Zim­babwe es­pe­cially the econ­omy of Zim­babwe. If you look at it, all the de­part­ments in my min­istry con­trib­ute to the na­tional econ­omy. In terms of achiev­ing the 2030 mid­dle in­come goal set by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa all my de­part­ments have to be in­volved, no sin­gle busi­ness in Zim­babwe can op­er­ate with­out ZRP, sim­i­larly no sin­gle busi­ness can op­er­ate with­out the Registry Gen­eral’s of­fice to name but a few de­part­ments that fall un­der my min­istry.

“Let’s not for­get that even the smaller de­part­ments like the Mu­se­ums and Mon­u­ments, play a huge role in our tourism sec­tor, for ex­am­ple in Nya­mandlovu in the Nyokeni area there are Di­nosaur re­mains, so as from next year we will be bring­ing tourists to the area to help boost the coun­try’s tourism sec­tor, that is just to show you how every depart­ment in my min­istry will be fully con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s fis­cus,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema.

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