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Residents demand a solution on Kombi and municipal Police war
Residents Association (CHRA)
April 24, 2013
The war between
kombi drivers, Police and municipal officers has taken an ugly twist
culminating into serious accidents and even deaths. At least 10
people have died as a result of these accidents perpetuated by Kombi
drivers trying to flee Police details wielding button sticks and
bashing windscreens or municipal police officers throwing spikes
on kombi tyres. Generally, spikes can cause tyre bursts and have
historically been used on fleeing criminals. However, residents
have called on the relevant authorities to re-consider their actions
given the increase in kombi accidents which have in turn killed
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has distanced itself from this issue
sighting the illegality of some police details. Assistant Police
Commissioner Charity Charamba distanced herself and the force from
the matter saying that it amounted to malicious damage to property.
Hon Chinamasa previously echoed the same sentiments saying that
the police were wrong in breaking windscreens of public vehicles
and essentially acting outside the law.
The public has
also made clear of its position on this matter. An angry mob recently
applied instant justice on municipal police officers who threw a
spike on a fleeing kombi and it only took passing soldiers to control
the situation which occurred in the C.B.D this past weekend. The
public is increasingly losing patience at the rate at which kombi’s
are being involved in accidents. Ironically, the issue has raised
a double headed argument with some blaming the authorities and others
blaming the rowdy kombi drivers. However residents have called for
the police to come out clear instead of making indirect comments
with regards to that because lives are now at stake.
CHRA is the process of organising a public discussion with the local
authority, association of public transport operators and the police
on this matter. Members and stakeholders will be informed on the
details of the meeting.
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