Minister defends use of spikes by traffic police

Home Affairs deputy minister Obendingwa Mguni yesterday said police officers should only use metal spikes to control traffic and not to the extent of endangering motorists and passengers.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Home Affairs deputy minister Obendingwa Mguni
Home Affairs deputy minister Obendingwa Mguni

Responding to a question in the National Assembly from Bulawayo MP (Proportional Representation) Nicola Watson (MDC) over the use of spikes by police at roadblocks, Mguni said the law enforcement agents have a right to use the spikes to stop and control traffic.

Mguni defended the police officers, saying they do not throw spikes at moving vehicles, but that they only “put” them as barriers to stop vehicles.

“I have gone there to see for myself whether they throw or put the spikes. Just like the drums at roadblocks, I found that they put spikes,” Mguni alleged.

Public transport operators and motorists have raised concern over the use of spikes by police manning roadblocks as they endangered passengers and passers-by. The throwing of spikes has resulted in fatal accidents involving public vehicles attempting to evade arrest for traffic offences.

“It is this Parliament that has to educate the public to follow the rules that they are carrying people, they are carrying lives. You can’t run away from a $10 fine and run over the spike to sacrifice the life of everyone,” Mguni said.

He said it was illegal for police officers to throw spikes at moving vehicles with an intent to cause harm or damage.

When asked by Zvishavane MP John Holder (Zanu PF) if the spikes were provided for under the Police Act, the deputy minister said it was a mechanism of controlling traffic and preventing cars from parking or passing through prohibited areas.

His response did not satisfy the House although some Zanu PF MPs were seen clapping hands while the minister was responding.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly yesterday moved to congratulate Chief Justice-designate Luke Malaba following his appointment by President Robert Mugabe last week.

Justice Malaba, who had been Deputy Chief Justice since 2008, takes over from Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, who retired as Chief Justice as the end of last month.

11 Comments

  1. Cde Minister you don’t know anything about throwing of spikes. You are speading lies, actually police throw spikes i have seen it myself several times.

  2. This minister is a pathological liar. This started with police council and many lives were lost. You can’t make something dangerous only to scare off. I have witnessed on several occasions these spikes being thrown on moving combies. In as much as I don’t support combi drivers but throwing spikes on a moving combi as to a thief is equally criminal.

  3. Janana wa Bikaz

    This so called minister appear to to be living in Mars.Whatever you smoke,it is definitely taking a toll on your faculties.The police knew you were coming to check on them ,so they were on their best behaviour,thats why you didn’t see any one of them throwing spikes.We see them everyday playing cat and mouse with motorist,throwing spikes at kombis full of people and you tell us that they don’t throw,they just plAce the spikes neatly in front of wheels?Why do you ministers deny on behalf of your surbodinates?Recently another minister was defending his rogue soldiers after they ran amok bludgeoning students some of them seriously hurt.It is called Mugabeism.

  4. Janana wa Bikaz

    This so called minister appear to to be living in Mars.Whatever you smoke,it is definitely taking a toll on your faculties.The police knew you were coming to check on them ,so they were on their best behaviour,thats why you didn’t see any one of them throwing spikes.We see them everyday playing cat and mouse with motorist,throwing spikes at kombis full of people and you tell us that they don’t throw,they just place the spikes neatly in front of wheels?Why do you ministers deny on behalf of your surbodinates?Recently another minister was defending his rogue soldiers after they ran amok bludgeoning students some of them seriously hurt.Thats the hallmark of zanu pf mafia,they deny even if you catch them with their fingers in a cookie jar.It is called Mugabeism.

  5. Mr Editor I posted a comment and dont see it. Kuhamba njani kanti?

  6. Just because you want to please Mugabe you stoop very low? You have no guts go tell Mugabe to retire and let one of you run the country properly because you are feeding from the troughs. Time is ripe to impeach Robert join hands with the opposition to get the hell out of Matibili !

  7. See how blind this Minister is, look at his eye on that picture he can not even see. how can he say bullshit, the police are throwing spikes. I advise him to go and have a check up on his eyes tomorrow or even to have his eye removed and replaced with that of a goat maybe he will see what the police is doing

  8. ROBERT NDAURAYANYIKA

    duzvi raminister

  9. Truly speaking we are going no wee with these dull ministers of robati mugabe,how come you defend such a silly thing which causes a lot of injuries if not death. How come each and every policeman will carry a spike and a book kupi kwazvakamboiitika its too bad

  10. Hon Minister, for the record, the very act of carrying spikes, even for deterrence purposes, is criminal. This extends to the people who manufactured them with active knowledge of their intended use. Kindly acquaint yourself with Section 38 of the Criminal Law Codification And Reform Act!

  11. Can a brave police officer teach this minister a lesson with the spikes

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