Zanu PF Hurungwe North MP Reuben Marumahoko last week chided police officers based in Karoi for fuelling corruption by paying a blind eye to undocumented public vehicles, some of them owned by their colleagues, during a recent week-long blitz on defective vehicles.
BY NURURAI JENA
Marumahoko told NewsDay yesterday that he held a no-holds-barred meeting with senior police officers under Hurungwe district and ordered them to “be professional and not abuse the law” following complaints by other motorists.
“It is true that I had a meeting with senior authorities over the issue where they did not target some of the police officers owning the cars plying the same routes as those they arrested.
“I am not interfering with their operations, but they must act professionally.
“Some cars were released without receipts of amount paid and it is corruption that must not be tolerated at all costs,” Marumahoko said.
Some motorists accused the police of clamping down on their rivals’ vehicles while allowing their own undocumented commuter omnibuses and pirate taxis to go scot free.
“What is irking us most is the in sincerity by some junior officers with personal vehicles. Who is paying for their fuel? Why are they not arresting their workmates without required documentation?” a taxi driver, James Mupanga, said.
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri recently ordered all police officers operating public transport businesses to immediately disinvest from the sector saying the practice constituted a conflict of interest.