The Zimbabwe Republic Police which has been at loggerheads with motorists because of their numerous roadblocks and unnecessary delays as they seek bribes have issued an 11-point plan to improve their relations with motorists.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was sworn in on 24 November has pledged to deal with corruption head-on.
Police are currently working with the military, a move welcomed by the public.
Police roadblocks have been blamed for deterring tourists especially from the neighbouring countries.
Here is the 11-point plan:
- We will not abuse our authority by engaging in corruption;
- We shall exhibit appropriate police customer care practices;
- We shall not withhold motorists’ driving licences without the written consent of the owner;
- We shall use discretion judiciously and be sensitive to motorists’ genuine plights; and
- We shall collect no more or less than what is provided in the national deposit fines schedule
- We shall not detain motorists at roadblock sites unnecessarily;
- We shall not inconvenience law-abiding motorists;
- We shall not cause congestion or accidents ourselves during traffic enforcement, but facilitate smooth flow of traffic and pedestrians;
- We shall all work towards building trust between the police and the general public; and
- We shall always display our name tags so that the public know who they are dealing with.
- We shall be transparent, accountable and respectful in all our dealings with our collective audience.