File:  A traffic policeman attending to a motorist at a roadblock near Chikankata in Mazabuka.
File: A traffic policeman attending to a motorist at a roadblock near Chikankata in Mazabuka.

THE Zambia Police Service will continue mounting check points in selected places to curb lawlessness and crime.

Police spokesperson Charity Chanda has said the police will continue mounting roadblocks in selected parts of the country for security reasons.

Ms. Chanda told ZANIS that police officers will only mount road blocks in shorter distances between towns.

She stated that unnecessary roadblocks are the ones that were conducted within short distances such as mounting too many roadblocks between Lusaka and Kafue.

Ms Chanda explained that some check points were mounted to collect the necessary particulars of motorists and also the worthiness of some vehicles on the roads.

She explained that traffic officers are the ones that are usually assigned on the road to cartel motorists who do not observe driving regulations including the safety of other road users.

Ms. Chanda added that if Police Officers were not deployed, thieves would take advantage of using roads carelessly hence putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk.

She has since urged members of public to work closely with traffic officers and other law enforcement’s agencies in order to bring sanity on the roads.

Recently, traffic police officers were castigated by Home Affairs minister Davies Mwila for mounting what he termed ‘unnecessary’ roadblocks and harassing motorists to pay the fines on the spot.

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  1. I have two names of very corrupt cops from Chilenje and Kabwata; Male and female. Any one who wants to know their names can always contact me. Corrupt cops!

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    • PF police are unprofessional. Corruption is their daily food.
      Our citizens are being killed by criminals but nothing is been done. PF govt is broke, they have no monies, so the poor citizens will face the consequences of PF fundraising via the police.
      Ruth Mbandu, Grazer & many more have been brutally murdered, yet the PF have failed to arrest anyone is shocking backwardness!
      They can never be trusted as PF is a party of pathological hypocrites & liars. Wasting resources because the targets for these PF roadblocks is to intimidate the opposition leaders & members.
      Henry Banda was in the country, as a most wanted criminal, PF police with Lungu the visionless where banqueting with him.
      When will PF police be professionals? NEVER!
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  2. Its not corruption its called helping each other. But with trucks and buses coming to thing of it, uh! I don’t know what to say.

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  3. It is becoming the norm in Solwezi to mount road blocks during lunch time and knocking off time (15:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs) within town. The inconvenience is too much and these officers demand fines to be paid immediately or they confiscate your car keys (especially that Lozi tall traffic officer, he is too corrupt). May the powers that be please look into our cry.

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  4. Mu Lusaka there is Kamponge and Ndeleki, these two are the worst and most corrupt of the lot

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  5. What is happening here in Sinazongwe District? Maamba traffic officers man the Maamba/Batoka road and the Pemba traffic officers come for a fundraising venture on the same road Monday to Monday including weekends. They tax heavily up to K3000.
    Can relevant authorities come to Maamba to find out for themselves using a local canter light truck or a local hiace minibus. They are going to be shocked.
    The same defender of road blocks should do the same to find out.
    We understand high officers tithe the loot on the roads and that is why the road block evils are never stopped. It is higher officers sending traffic officers for ya talktime.
    They are clearly insulting and defying the home affairs minister.
    They want to make money.

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  6. “She explained that traffic officers are the ones that are usually assigned on the road to cartel motorists who do not observe driving regulations including the safety of other road users.”

    LT, where did you lot attend school. I remember as early as grade 6 we were taught to differentiate between ‘cartel’ and ‘curtail’. This is very simple English. When in doubt, please use a spell checker or use HH’s language.

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  7. NOW, POLICE SPOKESPERSON, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THERE WAS NO SENSE IN WHAT THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS SAID ? THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY UNNECESSARY ROAD BLOCKS. LIKE IN KITWE, DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR THE POLICE OFFICERS (TRAFFIC OFFICERS0 TO MOUNT SAY A ROAD BLOCK AT FIRE BRIGADE ROUND ABOUT AND ANOTHER ONE AT KITWE CENTRAL HOSPITAL ROUNDABOUT ? SURELY, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THESE ROUND ABOUTS ARE JUST TOO CLOSE TO EACH OTHER RESULTING IN INCONVINIENCING THE MOTORISTS. SPOKESPERSON SHOULD BE FIRED IF SHE’S SUPPORTING THIS NO SENSE.

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  8. It is fine to mount roadblocks – but for Golly’s sakes STOP CHECKING ON SI.LLY THINGS!!! One day I will file a suit against you for applying archaic laws like reflective stickers!!! STOP IT! STOP IT!

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    • Even asking for fire extinguishers. The road block at Manyumbwe just before Mulungushi university. There is a woman cop, not traffic cop, who always asks for a fire extinguisher.

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  9. I totally agree with Iyeeee.
    It seems the only work traffic officers know is to mount road blocks.
    Madam Chipalila please do something about these roadblocks.

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  10. ALL TRAFFIC OFFICERS ARE CORRUPT AND USELESS. THEY HAVE BELT MANSIONS AND WITH ALOT OF MINIBUS AND THEIR MINBUSES ARE NOT FIT BUT ARE NOT IMPOUNDED. ALL COMMISIONERS OF POLICE BENEFIT FROM THIS ROT.

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  11. Police are now corrupt coz IG is also corrupt, things will only change when IG libongani resigns she has failed to manage the zambia police force she is incompetent

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  12. ZAMBIA POLICE NEEDS COMPLETE OVERHAUL. POLICE OFFICERS IN ZAMBIA ARE BRAINWASHED TO THINK THAT BEING A POLICE OFFICER IS HAVING A PASSPORT TO STEAL FROM THE PUBLIC. ZAMBIA POLICE OFFICERS ARE BEGGARS AND THIEVES, AND THESE ARE VERY BAD HABITS.

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  13. So the police spokes person is saying what the minister said is nonsense? Mr Mwila minister of home affairs these cops have no respect for you zambia has lost direction no fear for those in power.

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  14. I agree with the Police spokesperson Charity Chanda, here on the Copperbelt, kopala people do not have respect for other road users in short they are rude in their stupid minds. Again too many drivers without licence. These road blocks should continue for the safety of other road users.

    LIKE HERE IN KITWE, IT MAKE SENSE FOR THE POLICE OFFICERS (TRAFFIC OFFICERS TO MOUNT SAY A ROAD BLOCK AT FIRE BRIGADE ROUND ABOUT AND ANOTHER ONE AT KITWE CENTRAL HOSPITAL ROUNDABOUT BECAUSE OFFEDERS WOULD WANT TO RUN AWAY FROM SUCH ROAD BLOCKS AND USE ALTENATIVE ROADS.

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    • To me it is like you don’t know what you are talking about. The kopala will not pose danger at the Road block but in the town centre roads and highways where the Police don’t patrol.

      For example do the Police know how stupid Minibus Drivers behave at the Junction near Mukuba secondary from mindolo? They stop in the middle of the road and call for passengers causing unnecessary congestion coupled with the unending traffic convoy in Chibuluma Road. TRAFFIC POLICE ROAD BLOCKS ARE USELESS. Just mount Security check points, kwasila.

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  15. In Mufulira we have that short man and the talkative police woman. They demand more but we always give them less. Receipts are give on a piece of paper from an old grade 1 exercise book without and duplicate paper! Twachula

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  16. IN CHINGOLA THERE ARE TOO MANY ROADBLOCKS,AT NIGHT,EVEN ON SUNDAYS. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF THESE TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICERS HAVE TIME TO SIT AROUND AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE MOTIVATING FACTOR IS JUST MONEY THEY COLLECT FROM TRUCKERS AND NOAR BUSES GOING TO KASUMBALESA.

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  17. I do not think it is fair to call traffic police “Crembos” after the biscuit advert but the number of “unnecessary roadblocks” makes one wonder whether the nickname is justified after all!

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  18. Can any one help me to understand why chingola kitwe road has 5 road blocks please. Every 10 km you find a road block. It becomes hell to drive on that road and it is highly congested and corruption is high on that road and it is only 45 km between the 2 towns.

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  19. Zambian citizens and our police got it wrong. Highways are designed to speed up the economy. As a country develops and gets more traffic you move people away from the road. In Zambia we have allowed people to build structures right up to the road. When they do that we decide to put speed bumps. It is true that there are severa speed bumps on the Lusaka to Kabwe road. They never used to be there and the speed limit used to be higher. Why inconvenience one million drivers in order to catch one criminal? The great North road is the number one economic driver of the Zambian economy but we keep more road blocks now than ever before resulting in goods, including mining machinery taking weeks to go from Livingstone to the Copperbelt. No developed country does that. Go to South Africa and learn.

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  20. Can the Spokesperson for ZP explain this scenario in Chingola. Along Kafue-Luapula road in Chikola, the road which is less than a kilometre to have two police check points? Lambwaza and Zaza are the two corrupt police officers in chingola. Again on the Kitwe-Chingola Road, they are about 4 to 5 road blocks. One at Luano in Chingola, speed trap at minsenga, road block/inspection at chambishi, road block at sabina, road block/inspection at Garnatone junction and if it is pay days you can find one at Chingola Road Cemetery. The other thing which the spokesperson should know is that these corrupt traffic officer of chingola do mount road blocks at night (21:30-23:00) even threatening to shoot if you disagree with them. Let them work with RTSA(though also corrupt) all the time.

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