Police corruption: Disband traffic section

Dear Editor,

It seems the Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Kampyongo has failed to rout out police corruption. Traffic Police all over the country have become a law unto themselves, operating road blocks where they collect money from bribes. Unfortunately their other illegal activities have resulted in the loss of life.

I wonder how many more lives will be lost before the Government acts to disband the rotten traffic section. Time has therefore come for higher authorities to step in.

The Police need an effective and pro-active command that will respond to the various accusations of corruption. This will not be done by sitting in their offices but by conducting sting operations as other Police forces have done to stamp out corruption.

Social media still has pictures of officers caught in the act in Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The top brass made it their own business to set traps for their own officers to root out corruption.

It as a mockery to hear that Police were being retrained to instill integrity. This is the worst possible joke because the Police especially traffic section will never change.

I challenge the Minister to drive through the Manda Hill overhead bridge. He will find traffic officers waylaying drivers to exact all manner of fines. They have made this their central operation through the day. They do nothing else but exact fines.

Elsewhere the officers will be found mounting speed traps and other activities which are really not meant to add to road safety but more for their own pockets.

The failure to deal with this type of corruption leaves motorists and the general public quite angry because it shows that the Government is paying lip service to the campaign against graft.

If Police who are supposed to be enforcers of the law can be conducting corrupt activities on public roads against the better advise and admonition of the Minister of Home Affairs, what hope is there for the country to fight corruption?

Desmond  Banda

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‘What does Lamise know about Road Safety traffic’

Dear Editor,

It is high time that “road safety” will be seriously talked about  in Zambia.

We all know that 98 % of accidents on Zambia roads are due to “human Error”;  Driving under influence of alcohol and drugs, over-fatigue of drivers, over-speeding, and noncompliance with the traffic regulations; passing by red at the traffic lights, right of way refusal, vehicles technically not fit for the road,  etc. etc.

To tackle all this problems, you do not need an expensive foreign firm, you need a serious, well equipped and trained Police Force who enforces the Zambian Law.

What competence in “Road Security “has Lamise Trading firm?  I could not find them on the Internet. I know they run some shops selling kitchen equipment’s.  Trading is fare from knowledge in road security.

I would invite your readers to google; www.kapsch .net and find the KAPSCH TrafficCon competence in Road safety!

Relating to road traffic Kapsch has competence in “Electronic Toll Collection Systems”, “Transceivers for Toll collection”, “Automatic Number plate recognition” “Video Sensors” for traffic surveillance. Their only road Safety equipment are Fix- and Mobile Radar speed control equipment.

Kapsch has an impressive number of references on projects done like; “New Zeeland State Highway Traffic Management System” and Toll collection systems all over the world. Do we need them in Zambia? The very sad problem of all the traffic-victims in Zambia has nothing to do with toll collection and “high-tech” installations.  I suspect that a clever trader wants to sell Zambia a Rolls-Roy’s (maybe second hand).

One cannot restore all lives lost with Pipe-Dreams. We need the Zambian authorities to take its responsibilities and clean up the traffic mess caused by ourselves.

A very concerned driver

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ZRA should take it easy on tax PINs for bank account holders

Dear Editor,

I wish to make a sincere appeal to our Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to consider extending the period of registering for personal tax pins for account holders in banks.

I am making this appeal because of the cumbersome procedure it takes before one is located with one.

Those who have tried to apply for one using the on-line method will agree with me that it is not as easy as it may sound.

It is like forcing two elephants to mate. It is just that bad.

The rest are still pending, probably to suffer the consequences of the December deadline.

Why can’t ZRA instead work with banks and provide PINS directly since the information that ZRA wants before issuing the PINs is the same as the one for opening an account.

Okay what happens if one loses employment for one year? Does he need to apply for a new one when he finds new employment?

It is a good move but handled carelessly it can have ripple effects on the economy because now many people will prefer to keep money at home.

Can you imagine what it will be with one section of our community which does not like banking? They will simply switch off completely.

So for those who will not have their PINS by December their accounts will be frozen and they will either become destitutes in their own country or employers will be forced to withdraw hard cash to prevent their employees from starving.

That does not sound like a plausible idea for security reasons. So let ZRA do it in a more modest and friendly manner so that at the end of the end all parties are happy.

Tax payer, Lusaka

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FIFA must be  consistent

Dear Editor,

In the South Africa – Sudan game, the world football governing body, FIFA, found the referee wanting and nullified the result and ordered a replay.

The referee gave a penalty that never was.

In the Nigeria – Zambia match, the referee disallowed a clear goal for offside which never was.

All replays show that the Zambian striker was clearly on side. The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should appeal.

FIFA must treat all games equally. And let’s see if FIFA will stand by its motto of ‘my game is fair play’.

Meanwhile, hats off to Chipolopolo Boys for the gallant fight.

FRANCIS KALIPENTA, Serenje

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Some brains simply dislike advice

Dear Editor,

After all has been said and done, I think this is the time for our Chishimba Kambwili to replicate seriously on his political career.

In the Pixar movie Ratatouille, a novice (and mostly talentless) cook gets an experienced mentor who gives him explicit cooking advice that he heartily heeds.

Eventually, after much instruction, intense attention, and lots of practice, he can cook well enough to survive in a top restaurant.  The apprentice tells his mentor “Thank you for the cooking advice” and she responds, “Thank you for taking it.”

So is there anything sweeter than someone digesting your brilliant advice?  And, like so many of the most prized delicacies, it’s rare.

Surly all those who have counselled Mr Kambwili to tone down cannot be wrong. It his him who could be at fault.

What good will it do him if he is going to attack everyone in the ruling PF even on mere suspicion without any proof?

If indeed there is corruption which he is seeing now, he also stands accused for having failed to bring it to the open while in government. He could have made his point known by resigning if he saw that the corruption was becoming too much in the PF government. But that he chose to keep quiet until he was shown the door, raises some doubts about his sincerity, especially for which so far he has not produced even an atom of evidence to suggest existence of corruption. Is it a question of sour grapes after losing a beneficial ministerial position? And if PF is that ‘rotten’ why stick to it instead of letting go so that you can pursue your pure politics, if any.

In this vein drop your court case against your expulsion from PF which you seem to still love so dearly. Like the wise have said that there is always a day for the dog, your day may be just round the corner. Please retrace your political steps by being equable and people will trust and respect you and in turn win their confidence. On the other hand, you may wish to continue on the same plane but I can assure you that you will receive very little admiration from members of public and that will be the bereavement of your political career.

Stanley Soko, Kabanana, LUSAKA

 

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