Roadblocks in Zimbabwe here to stay because they are a security measure against criminals- Minister


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+HON. D. SIBANDA: Thank you Hon. Minister.  I hear you.  However, considering that some of the road blocks are being mounted by bogus police, what do you say about it?  What have you done about it?  On two occasions, bogus police officers were involved.  What do you say about bogus police officers’ operations?

+HON. MGUNI: Thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am.  Those doing that are apprehended and put in prison.  Secondly, we have a programme of electronic traffic control which will make it possible for those bogus police officers to be identified because they will not be having those gadgets.  That person who will be found carrying a book when it is no longer in use and all those bogus police officers will be arrested.  I thank you.

+HON. T. KHUMALO: Thank you Hon. Speaker.  There is an issue that police officers are now holding motorists accountable on the road because the seats of their vehicles will be torn.  Is that Government policy?

 +HON. MGUNI: Thank you Madam Speaker.  The police are there to prevent crime, protect property and life.  Therefore when an accident occurs that can lead to fatalities, yes, the police have the right to do that.  If it is torn such that it can cause fatalities, the police have the right to protect the life of those seated on that seat.  I thank you.

HON. P. D. SIBANDA: Hon. Minister, the question from Hon. T. Khumalo was, what is the law that provides that if a seat of a car is torn, it is an offence?  We expect the Hon. Minister to cite a specific law and not explain.

 HON. MGUNI: Thank you Hon. Speaker Ma’am.  I do not want to misquote the Act.  However, can he write down that specification?

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