Bribe-chasing cops impound kombi, crash into signpost

THERE was drama and chaos at Bellevue along Masiyephambili Road in Bulawayo yesterday when some Nkulumane Police Station officers allegedly impounded a kombi over an outstanding $3 bribe, before ramming into a signpost.

BY NIZBERT MOYO

The driver of the kombi, Tavonga Moyo, said he arrived at a roadblock at Bellevue along Masiyephambili Road and was signalled to stop his Toyota vehicle, registration number ACQ 4455.

“I was still talking to the other female officer when suddenly three police officers jumped into my kombi to impound it, accusing me of failing to pay a $3 bribe which I did not pay on Wednesday,” he alleged.

“A police sergeant nicknamed Mlomobomvu, from Nkulumane, drove the kombi intending to take it to the police station, while I sat on the passenger seat.’’

He said the officer was speeding and lost control of the vehicle before ramming into a signpost.

Moyo said the other officers called their colleagues from Nkulumane Police Station to attend the scene.

But other kombi drivers who came to the scene resisted and called police officers from Drill Hall traffic section to attend to the scene to record statements.

“Other drivers came to my rescue and we refused all this nonsense until police officers from Drill Hall came to record statements and take fingerprints. We wanted police officers from a neutral police station to record the statements,’’ he said.

When a NewsDay Weekender reporter arrived at the scene, kombi drivers who were gathered at the scene said bribe-seeking cops were terrorising them.

“We pay $3 in the morning and the other $3 in the afternoon to the same police officers. Imagine there are 120 kombis plying the Emganwini route and 114 for Munyoro,” one of the kombi drivers said.

“Add the numbers and multiply by six per day. How much money is this? This money does not go to government coffers, but to their (officers) pockets. Please rescue us, asifuni bumbulu (we don’t want nonsense.”

Efforts to get a comment from Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango were fruitless as her mobile number was not reachable.

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8 Comments

  1. You give those bribes to those officers on your own free will as you know that your papers are in shambles. If your papers were in in order surely they cant detain all the 234 vehicles for minor offences as u claim that they always find minor faults even wt proper papers. It is the duty of you the operators to blow the whistle on those who are allowed to compete with you for customers when they do not have proper papers and are let thru these road blocks.

    1. You are joking or may be you don’t use the same roads we use in Zimbabwe, or maybe you are one of the ZRP Toll (eish I meant Traffic) gangsters

  2. You are dangerously mad wena George.

  3. Even if the papers are right they still want the bribe, @ George l think you are one of the corrupt cop too who rob the government and motorists mainly Kombi drivers.

  4. George, where you the one driving? Sorry, boss. Gadzirisai kombi yemunhu

  5. George you are right. Why agree to pay bribes in the first place. These criminal police officers take advantage of these kombis without permits and drivers without licences. My question is why pay the bribes in the first place? The truth is many traffic police officers are fired when caught taking bribes. I therefore urge the cowardly and equally corrupt kombi drivers to reform and once they have reformed to then confront these pests masquarading as traffic police officers head on. Stop being cry babies. Be men. Learn from south african kombi drivers who dont tolerate such nonsense. Shameless cowards

  6. wadla pansi wadla bayi bayi . Ndzamunanka usaMamo.

  7. Satsha ngamsela kakhulu bob.

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