Causes of corruption among traffic police

Dear editor,
Allow me space on your media to share with the well meaning Zambian what my experience has been on the zambian roads.
I have been a driver for many years now, I have been found wanting by the traffic police on several traffic offences and charged. One thing I have not done is to corrupt the police.
However, I have seen how corruption occurs on the zambian roads.
1.  Traffic police that use personal vehicles during patrols:
There is no traffic officer that can be kind to the level of sacrifyicing own personal car to the GRZ work with a huge benefit that GRZ itself.  Therefore, these are the officers who ask for a bribe from offenders at a discounted figure instead of offenders paying to the government.
2.  Huge sums payable for various offences:
The fees involved for various offences are too much, hence the offender would be tempted to ask for a favour from the police officer.  instead of paying K270,000.00, an officer can accept a K150,000 or a K100,000 or even a K50,000 and the corruption has worked for the offender and the traffic officer.
3.  Traffic officers who are in Transport business:
I can give an example of Livingstone, the tourist capital. Most of the pilators are pilating using vehicles whose owners are traffic officers or other police officers. their vehicles can not be impounded even when they break the law in day light. I believe that is corruption as well.
Most times if you refuse to corrupt the traffic officer, you are given a receipt that does not have a silver coat of army, the one for GRZ use tell me if that is not corruption as well.
suggestions to RTSA
It is better the Police stops collecting these fees on your behalf instead let them submit a list of offenders to you so that offenders can be warned once or twice then give then a period of time within which they can pay direct to RTSA data base.
Let the traffic officers give a warning first to offenders instead of a fine always especially for the look motorists. For example if Iam leaving within the locality why can’t the police ask me to go and work on the defect or problem them I report for checking, rather than being finned always.
Lets fight corruption all of us I dislike it.
Please hide my names because I am a government worker, you know how our PF government is I can be followed up.
Our country needs thinkers now
Illiterate voters are a hindrance to good democratic practice in Zambia

43 Responses to "Causes of corruption among traffic police"

  1. bungwe  December 26, 2012 at 22:19

    A simple way to make sure Police do not handle any cash is to use same system being introduced for passports.

    Traffic Police should be issued with numbered ticket which an offenders details are recorded i.e. name, drivers licence number and car number and date and time of offence. This data should then be fed into the RTSA database.Meaning a record of the offence and fine will be in the system.

    The driver can then pay at any INDO ZAMBIA Bank using the ticket fine details. The system then can credit the drivers account.

    The driver can be given two weeks to pay the fine after which monthly penalties would automatically arise. This simple system would ensure that ZP touches no cash at all.

    Remember a few years ago when Zambia Police Headquarters printed fake Government REvenue receipts!!! Auditor General has the records, so you cannot trust your ZP!!! The majority are bad eggs!!!

    Where there is a will there is always a way!! Does PF Govt really want to stop traffic officers “eating”!!! Do they have the stomach to stop corruption???? Lets wait an see!!!

  2. Mr. Teacher  December 26, 2012 at 22:19

    These officers are too corrupt. The levels of corruption are so high that they have gone to an extent of making receipt books from Government Printers. These tickets they issues us with on the roads are so fake. If an offense is worth K270 000, there is no way an officer can accept a K100 000 and jokingly says make sure you bring the balance at the station and issues a receipt.

  3. TINKWINK  December 26, 2012 at 20:27

    I just will never ve th time n money to waste on those swines! What kind of nonsense is “wrong parking”? And I should hand out a 50 pin to this piece of sh*t! Well, I ll simply drive away from spot.

  4. BantuBonse  December 26, 2012 at 16:38

    Fighting corruption in the police force:
    1. Reduce the number of road blocks.
    2. Replace the speed cameras by ones which don’t delete data so that auditors can check how much was collected using the videos.
    3. Give traffic officers a commission for exceeding collections to a certain set target.
    4. Improve the conditions of police officers.
    5. Remove the red tapes in lincese issuing. In Botswana you renew your lincese(driver’s and road)same day-no room for corruption.

    • joseph kaputuka  December 26, 2012 at 21:20

      some of you guys your contributions and suggestions means well but what we need to know is that corruption is omitted by both police officer or Rasta officer and offender,so in regard to this,we should not be one-sided with side of the police or rasta officer,but let also look on the side of the offender,for sure majority of citizen knows and understand corruptions and its impact,so l m kindly appealing to fellow zambian to be objective when analysing issues of corruptions,similarly to adultery ,both parties involved are adulterers,you can not subject one part to be adulterer leaving out the other,therefore let denounce and refuse this vice.let us change our altitude as society to be parttaker of this vice,let us refuse to pay tips and even to entice this rasta officers and police traffic officers, please twapapata ! we are the people encouraging this nonsense, just pay to prescribed gazetted fine and demand a general GRZ reciept. note that Payment will help the govt to effectively deliver service to our communities

  5. Ku Masangalatoni--Lekeni HH ateke  December 26, 2012 at 15:06

    Why don’t we just use vernacular kanshi? Pilate like in Pontius Pilate, Ghanaton, no! It is Garnetone. Anyway, the point has been taken. You are trying to tell us something about corruption. But check who the ,ost corrupt person is in the nation. He used to be averse to it!

  6. Mr X  December 26, 2012 at 14:57

    The writer is trying to justify corruption. This is unacceptable. Mule onaula Ichalo. In other countries cops work under worse conditions but are not corrupt.

  7. shakaz  December 26, 2012 at 14:16

    In Botswana you end up in jail for trying to bribe a traffic police officer. They have ZERO TOLERANCE for corruption. We can also do it in Zambia if we resolve to remove factors that fuel corruption.

  8. Paying fines at RATSA alone will not solve anything in terms of corruption by the officers manning road blocks. Instead of issuing a ticket fine for payment at RATSA, the officers will take the money and not issue the tickets unless you refuse to bribe or don’t have anything to pay them. Yes, this brings into GRZ coffers, a few rebased Kwacha’s but the vice continues. What will work towards MINIMISING the vice would be getting rid of payments on the spot (using ticket fines for payments to be made at RATSA) and a seriously mounted campaign of covert stings to catch and prosecute the offending officers. Equally, using some of the money collected to improve salaries for the police generally. Having said that, I do not think the current PF police force are deserving of a penny of tax payers money when hey are clearly working for the PF party.

  9. Pujo  December 26, 2012 at 13:51

    I totally support you dear writer, especially on your suggestions to RTSA. I also drive and I bet there is everything terribly wrong with our traffic offender charging system.

    There should really be, among other things, a provision to warn or caution offenders, not just fining them always.

    I also agree that payments be done at RTSA.

  10. west muzo  December 26, 2012 at 13:41

    Bafikala nibakabolala that is why balalila ngabamufumyako ku traffic section ninshi na family yonse yalwala.

  11. DISGUSTED  December 26, 2012 at 13:37

    THEY ARE A NATIONAL SHAME
    BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ASHAMED

  12. DISGUSTED  December 26, 2012 at 13:30

    CORRUPTION FOR BREAKFAST
    CORRUPTION FOR LUNCH
    CORRUPTION FOR SUPPER
    CORRUPTION WHILE DREAMING

    WE BREATHE AND EAT CORRUPTION
    OUR POLITICIANS ARE THE MOST CORRUPT
    TOTALLY UNPRINCIPLED
    THEIR BRAINS ARE IN THEIR BELLIES

  13. THE SAINT  December 26, 2012 at 13:28

    Solution to corruption among the Police.
    Decriminalise crime.
    Disband the police.
    Let every man do whatever is right in his own eyes. Go back to the Wild West, and inevitably, the people themselves will organise into crime prevention units and elect their own sheriffs.

  14. Keith  December 26, 2012 at 12:49

    @Speed inspector; you ask if it’s possible to pay later and in another town when one has no money on them to pay for a traffic offence. It’s possible. Last week, I was billed for over speeding on Ndola-Kapiri road. Since I had no money on me, the Officers gave me a charge sheet and requested me to pay at my final destination within a specified period.Failure to pay within specific period could call for arrest of the offender. This is standard practice in many countries. I paid two days later in Livingstone and communicated the receipt number to the Ndola Officers. Impoundind of vehicle should be reserved for unroadworthy cars and unlicenced and driving under the influence of intoxicating substances.

  15. conman  December 26, 2012 at 12:46

    PLEASE CHECK ON THESE EMMASDALE TRAFFIC COPS AS WELL. THESE MANGWAMS ARE VERY CORRUPT TO THE BONE. AS AM TALKING RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN A BLUE MINIBUS GOING ROUND AND LOOKING FOR LAW BREAKERS WHO ARE FINED BUT THE MONEY GOES INTO THEIR SOILED POCKETS.

  16. Patriot Zambian  December 26, 2012 at 11:17

    These smart gentlement and ladies are not traffic officers. They are a traffic menace which Bo Stella and Bo Jere should work on without delay. Mr. Malama was making a long over-due go at removing these parasites and cause for national shame. Before him, the Chairperson of the Police Complaints Authority had in fact done it.

    Yes they can be removed. Don’t tell me otherwise.

    Feeling very ashamed of our law enforcement agencies.

  17. Fringstone  December 26, 2012 at 10:46

    Whats the news on Kambwili? Did he survive the accident? I wish he died! These Kaponyas are really taking us backwards.

    • Ndeleloshafye  December 26, 2012 at 23:17

      Sadly, the car died.

  18. D H S  December 26, 2012 at 10:36

    yes I know of Two corupt traffic police men mwaliteta and machamanda these two they own buses and they hv built big houses in garden house area of mumbwa road they behave lyk share holders in police.

  19. jack banda  December 26, 2012 at 10:36

    Ratsa is just another conduit for corruption.I have been struggling to get the car fitness certificate for more than 3 days in Lusaka! The car is failed over all sorts of reasons and Iam subjected to wait the whole day.certificates are issued to funny vehicles which do not come for inspection.Chaps are paying K2oopn to get the fitness.

    1. Ratsa should engage agents within town to conduct the tests and issue certificates
    2.Mimosa is too far and inadequate to cater for all motorists in Lusaka.
    3.Caution Ratsa officers from engaging into blantant corruption.
    4.Current management should quit if they can not clean up Ratsa and the Traffic Police.

    Zambia should not became a jungle

  20. Kamutanda  December 26, 2012 at 10:11

    Iwe Libongani, sort out your corrupt cops instead of wasting police time chasing innocent Nevers Mumba

  21. John B  December 26, 2012 at 10:01

    The RTSA and traffic police corruption is orchestrated at the highest level. these chaps have a daily cashing target which money they share at the end of the day. In other words, this corruption is institutionalised.

  22. drokola  December 26, 2012 at 09:31

    In chililabombwe/chingola this traffic officers have vehicles (Toyota noahs) which they use to pilate from chililabombwe direct to kitwe but on the other hand mount roadblocks all the way to kitwe to impound other vehicles and yet allow their Toyota Noahs to pilate freely and usully they use privete vehicle to conduct GRZ work.
    Number of roadblock from chililabombwe to kitwe
    1.kafue bridge
    2.solwezi turn off
    3.chingola robots(undder bridge)
    4.kasompe barracks
    5.musenga (Amano school area)
    6.chambeshi new filling station
    7.sabbina
    8.Ghanatone
    9.chingola cemetry kitwe
    10.silicosis (before after 10)

    Can one surely survive all the eay to kitwe.And that speed trap at kafue bridge alone chililabombwe is just another source of corruption by this traffic officers.Can the authority that be look in into this issues if we are to fight corruption with both hands.

    • SADC Secretariat  December 26, 2012 at 11:47

      You bloggers plus the author, it is not Pilate it is Pirate Taxi, In Trinidad and Tobago they refer to them as PH cars, in Norway they call them Pirattaxi, in Zambia we call them akadzidzi. These are personal vehicles used by an individual to offer unauthorized taxi-like services (sometimes called a “hack”). At least use a dictionary guys.

    • john kabatisha  December 26, 2012 at 12:38

      PILATEZ? my foot,because the author blunders you also
      Chose to.PF

  23. Mike wabwino  December 26, 2012 at 09:27

    Corruption was introduced when Kafupi came into office in 1991. There was no corruption in the time of Kaunda. He had what was known as SITET. This body used to deal with suspected economic crimes. Persons would be asked to account for their wealth. How can a cop who earns K2m per month own Assets amounting to K3billion?? has he taken out any loan? Does he run a business and if so how much Tax has he paid over time to ZRA? After Master thief Chiluba came into power the first thing he did was to KILL SITET thereby legalising serious corruption that we are witnessing today.
    I can assure you that no politian can bring SITET back because almost everyone is deep in this Corruption S.hit.

  24. Shokolo Kubbangosha  December 26, 2012 at 09:15

    Its obvious to me that all of u bloggers on this issue have no understanding on man. All of us are wicked and corrupt by nature. What restrains us from getting whats not ours are access barriers such as practical and effective statute, strong systems of law enforcement, and enforced good values. To reduce ZP traffic bribe cases (note; not to stop coz its impossible) i suggest we visit the law and make it work for us. Its insane to have a police office be the judge and accountant on a traffic contravening. RTSA is almost fully computerised yet we still have to collect fines thru ka kapokola and a go’na receipt. If i contravene let maximum fine be Krb100 and i shud pay it at RTSA in 3
    days failure to which it shud gain interest in my car account. Repeated(i.e. 5 times) offenders should face a fast track Court. Penalties shud include licence withdrawal, vehicle forfeiture and jail time.

    • Pujo  December 26, 2012 at 14:02

      Now you are ‘talking’.

  25. Obi One  December 26, 2012 at 08:59

    Do our law enforcement organisations (ACC / ZP) carry out sting operations.Such methods will deter would be bribe takers and the briber. I suggest they implement such with “IMMEDIATE EFFECT”.

  26. Kellys  December 26, 2012 at 08:56

    We used to hear days past that RTSA was incorruptible, not any more. Since the infusion of white capped police men into RTSA, the institution has degenerated into a stinking corrupt institution.

    On Monday night, these people were on rampage impounding vehicles on flimsy grounds. They mostly targetted unregistered vehicles. On Chilumbulu road, there was one police man seated in a RTSA vehicle who was collecting all the bribes. Whatever the other chaps collected they were ‘cashing in’ to him. And they did this without any shame.

  27. jk  December 26, 2012 at 08:17

    i dnt no wether they ar police officers or police men they ar dissapointing our nation bcoz they collect a lot frm foreners

  28. Seed Inspector  December 26, 2012 at 07:56

    I totally agree with the author. Corruption stinks in this country. To traffic officers corruption/ bribe is their daily breakfast, lunch and supper. I want to find out something from RSTA;

    1. When I commit an offence on the road and I don’t have money to pay, can I be written a fine and then allow me to pay later?

    2. Is it possible to commit a traffic offence from one town and be able to pay from another town.

    3. Which traffic offence warrants a vehicle to be impounded.

    For example;

    1. Failure to produce a licence even when someone has it but forgot to carry it.

    2. Overtaking the on a solid line.

    3. Talking on the phone whilst driving

    4. Missing of one reflector in front of the vehicle

    5. Indicator, breaklight not working.

    Which one of these offences warrant a vehicle to be impounded???????????

    I ask so because I have made some of these offences and I have been told these offences warrants a vehicle to be impounded.

  29. zedian  December 26, 2012 at 07:39

    Even here in lusaka these cops own minibusses which make they own station like on lumumba filter lane and rtsa dont do anything about it shame

  30. harvey  December 26, 2012 at 07:32

    the police officers need to make ends meet.how can they avoid corruption?they are the lowest paid civil servants.My suggestion however is that police officers should not be allowed to do transport business,just as teachers are not allowed to sell chaik,or zamtel workers to participate in their competitions.

    • fumbi  December 26, 2012 at 08:16

      And doctors to run private surgeries?

      • harvey  December 26, 2012 at 11:15

        TRUE-THERE IS ALWAYS TEMPTATIONS.WHAT CAN YOU SAY IF YOU FIND THE SAME MEDICINE OR EQUIPMENT IN A DOCTOR’S PRIVATE SURGERY AS THE ONES IN GOVT. HOSPITALS?

  31. africa  December 26, 2012 at 07:32

    i agree with u,the all police is rotten.something as to by done.the police of now u can not compare it with those 1970s-80s.

  32. shushushu  December 26, 2012 at 07:15

    That last part just spoiled it for me kikikikiki

  33. Harrased Motorist  December 26, 2012 at 07:12

    Indeed, has the job description of traffic police of controlling traffic changed to that of making money at road blocks using their personal vehicles?

  34. Rebased Kwacha!  December 26, 2012 at 07:10

    In as much as you and me can see corruption, the question that we should ask ourselves is what benefits are there for me if I report the corrupt and the other question is how responsive/effective are our agencies (ACC/ Zambia Police) to corruption? Otherwise, we can be wasting your time and money.

    • Rebased Kwacha!  December 26, 2012 at 07:11

      In as much as you and me can see corruption, the question that we should ask ourselves is what benefits are there for me if I report the corrupt and the other question is how responsive/effective are our agencies (ACC/ Zambia Police) to corruption? Otherwise, we can be wasting our time and money

  35. DISGUSTED MOTORIST  December 26, 2012 at 07:06

    IN KITWE SO-CALLED TRAFFIC POLICE ONLY MAN ROAD BLOCKS. THEY WILL PASS THROUGH NON-WORKING TRAFFIC LIGHTS (ROBOTS) TO GO AND MAN ROAD BLOCKS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.IT IS MOST SHAMEFUL THAT THEIR BOSSES ALLOW THIS.
    GOVERNMENT SHOULD WITH IMMEDIATE STOP THE COLLECTION OF FINES BY THESE THIEVES AND HAVE THE FINES PAID THROUGH RATSA.

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