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Kasama Drivers Complain Against Corrupt Traffic Police Officers

Dear Editor,
This message is meant for RATSA to answer. But your gauidance will be much appreciated. We are being victimised by a few corrupt elements among the traffic police officers. I write to get clarification on what one driving a private vehicle ought to carry all times. From the little knowledge I have the following are the documents a driver has to move around with: Drivers licence, Road tax (displayed), and fitness (displayed).

Surprisingly, here in ….. motorists are being harrassed by Traffic police, they are also asking for insurance documents. Is this ok. they even grab drivers licences only to be given back when one produces insurance papers. If its an offence, what is the penalty? for not carrying it around but one has it at home.

Again, is it ok to move with a photocopy of the drivers licence? Once again, RATSA is a very good organization, but guard against some corrupt traffic police officers. Pls hear the cry of the motorists, let clear guide lines be given to the public and police to avoid problems and corruption on the road. I will be very happy to hear from there. Otherwise, we are suffering in Kasama. police are being difficulty on the roads.

May an investigation be carried out to check their activities? There could be many other issues on the ground. Corruption should be fought by all. Help !

Petros Chanda

Kasama Driver

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30 Responses to Kasama Drivers Complain Against Corrupt Traffic Police Officers

  1. Wildimpi Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Just carry your papers everywhere you go.

  2. Come2 Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    They are not harassing you. Carry the insurance and driving licence they are important every driver or motor owner knows that.

  3. CHIKUBABE MUSHINKA Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Fellow Zambians and imwe ba RATSA baeba,when are we going to advance in technology mwebantu?After 47years of independence we still struggle tucili mu Chacha mwa.RATSA come on go electrnic no need for people to travel with all those papers on their pubis no.Over speeding trap road cameras only to receive a letter and clip of your vehicle,sport check only ask your name all data about the driver and status of vehicle gotten in a twinkling of an eye kwata,just contacting head office data base.If found wanting penalt sent by post simple nothing like bwelesa ma keys nanga ni yako..Rubbish cheeky monkey.

  4. charles kokoliko Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    @wildimpi and @come2 you are very dull. to get fitness and road tax one has to provide a valid insurerance so there is no need to carry it everywhere you go. a drivers licence is made of hard material so it can be carried at all times and insurerance papers are not.
    Kwena mwalitumpa sana. Ba kapokola(traffic)need to be told to stop this rot

  5. Kwa george Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    YOU CARRY YOUR DRIVERS LICENCE ONLY:
    1.Your road tax clearly state that you wont get it if you have no insurance cover.
    2.You wont get your rod tax if you have no valid fitness.
    Road tax and fitness are verifiable as displayed on your wind shield. So what is the fuss ?????

    RATSA is very funny . They are the custodian of the highway code which DOESN’T ALLOW A MOTORIST TO PARK A CAR AT A ROAD JUNCTION. But here in lusaka motorists park cars at jacaranda RATSA road junction everyday inconveniencing people going for work. This is just because these cars are queuing for inspection at RIDGEWAY RATSA. Are you telling me that RATSA is above their own rules/law ?????????

  6. nyansa waku Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Its stupidity. because to get the road tax document the law demands that you produce insurance. one need to just keep the issuarance document safe at home. (that is proof of your money remember) carrying it around suppose it gets damaged where are you going to go for claiming on your policy

  7. new car owner in town Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    no car can be registered if no insurance paid.

    Let these cops travel to town for re-eductation by RTSA.

  8. taliban Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    why move with insurance papers..?nonsense..

  9. MBEWEZAGGAZE Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Most police officers are corrupt even the president himself knows this problem,but we cant do anything cauz bansala.

  10. Emi Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    These traffic Officers are not just corrupt in Kasama.
    It`s country wide. Unfortunately if you complain agaist their behaviour the Police Spokes person is there always to defend them. And if you report the act at their station you will be locked up instead. Only if I had another world where such does not exist I would have gone there. But I know One Day God is Going to give us this place and no corrupt Police Officers will be there.

    SATA TWAFWEKO FUMYA BANTALAMISOKA MUMISEBO.

  11. concerned citizen Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Trully the cops need re-educating about thier day to day job , they should know by now. Most of these crooks got loans and they own cars they know the procedure they just want to trouble you the motorist so you can bribe them. They want to go shoping after 17hrs. Check in ndola at kansenhsi shoping complex everyday its like they are super civil servants with all the money. Shame on you traffic kabwalalas.

  12. mama Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I think wildimpi & comes2 you are fools you are supporting these idiots (RTSA) who are making their own rules/laws.please our president help us to stop corruption.

  13. Uwakwamununga Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    CHIKUBABE MUSHINKA: IFYO WALANDA EFICITIKA KUNO NAISA MUKUSHITISHA UBWANGA KU UK. 100% CORRECT. NOMBA NGAFWAKO UBWANGA BWACILAMO UKUMA ABASUNGU BEPUSHAFYE ATI “ARE THESE CHINESE MASSAGE PALOUR HERBS TOO”? NATI IYO PALI IMITUNDU IYAPUSANAPUSANA; ICITEMWIKO,PARIBE KANTU,
    PROMOTION,UKULOWA UBUSHILU NANGU UBUPUBA
    (UMUNGULU),UWAKALUMBA ELO NOKWIPA IFYA MFWALO NGU MUNTU ALALA NOMUKASHI OBE. AWE ABASUNGU BALEUMFWA KWATI MILUMBE,ALE SHINGAFWAKO MUSHINKA EEEEEEE!

  14. LuSoft26 Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    i think its about time they reduce there fees as well they are very corrupt.those vehicles have made them more corrupt.i hate corrupt cops they find faults where there are no faults.
    rtsa wakeup

  15. tepwanji Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Corruption should be fought by all loving and honest citizens. RATSA and police should be in te forefront doing what is right. They should not thrive on corruption. They get salaries also and are paid for wat they do. Ba President visit RATSA also please, ACC and DEC pounce on the rot at RATSA/Police operations. These jobs are not personal to holders. Lets have credible people in RATSA and police. The law should be followed by all.

  16. tepwanji Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Ba Tumfweko continue exposing the wrongs in our society.Real and meaningful development can only be achieved by focused, honesty and dedicated minds.

  17. Kabs int'nl Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    ZACHARIA PHIRI u are fulfilling “MORE MANE IN YO POCKETS!” Ifyabupuba. What is yo job description and do u really know which papers should be carried wen one is driving? Fi MPOMBOZI, ZABWINO PALIBE. KEKEKEKE…..

  18. SHALL FIRE STOP BURNING BECAUSE IT IS FREINDLY WITH WOOD? Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Here in chingola them (Traffic officers) even go to an extent of putting up road signs for speed limit at Helens curve along chililabombwe road using their money so that they catch many.They use un registered vehicles to catch would be offenders e.g Nasilele and team.Most of the money they get at kafue speed trap goes to the same three traffic officers pocket and not government coffers.There is need to rotate these corrupt officers yearly to reduce on corruption.

  19. Kwa george Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    YOU CARRY YOUR DRIVERS LICENCE ONLY:
    1)Your road tax clearly state that you wont get it if you have no insurance cover.Thats why they ask for insurance when you want road tax- musonko.
    2)You wont get your road tax if you have no valid fitness.
    Road tax and fitness are verifiable as displayed on your wind shield. So why should you carry all your documents ?
    Do you want a thief to have all your documents in case your car is stolen ?
    RTSA is very funny :
    They are the custodian of the highway code which DOESN’T ALLOW A MOTORIST TO PARK A CAR AT A ROAD JUNCTION. But here in lusaka motorists park cars at JACARANDA – RTSA road junction everyday inconveniencing motorists going for work. This is just because these cars are queuing for inspection at RIDGEWAY RTSA.
    Are you telling me that RTSA is above the rules/law ?????????

  20. SHALL FIRE STOP BURNING BECAUSE IT IS FREINDLY WITH WOOD? Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    PLEASE THERE IS NEED TO PUBLISH ANTI CORRUPTION NUMBERS,DEC,POLICE SO THAT WOULD BE TRAFFIC OFFICERS ARE BROUGHT TO BOOK.

  21. kajinta Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    we all know how cops behave. most of them they need proper education so that they conduct themselves professionally. RTSA should help our police get the real data……cops at times they behave very fun….all in the name of BOMA NI BOMA which has no meaning in reality. please can the authority that be deal with such element in the police service otherwise………………….

  22. Anjegame Syaosimo Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I write to disagree with Come2 above. I am made to understand that without a valid insurance, no RTSA official can allow you to buy road licence which is stuck on the windscreen. This being my understanding, I see no point of moving with insurance documents because that alone signifies that your car is insured. The insurance documents are only required when an accident occurs, this is the only time that you are asked to produce them before a police traffic officer not just otherwise. I believe it would be prudent enough not to comment on matters which we do not understand. Yes there is heavy corruption within the police traffic department and this is the only department that is most corrupt. They always want something to take home from the road.

  23. RB Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Chikakala,which country are you from,police officers are right you need all those papers wherever you go. Just tell us that you didn’t have cash to pay when your wreck was impounded.how long ago did you buy your car?

  24. kakolwe Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Highway Code is 10pin. Read page4. You buy 1 month insurance & pay tax for whole year. Dull driver, kukwikata! Come2, you r right.

  25. umuntu mutwe Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Pliz attend to this complaint because it is actually becoming too much. TOLIZO YACILAMO KULI BA TRAFIC.

  26. Umuchinzi Wamonona Reply

    August 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

    KWA GEORGE AND EMI ARE RIGHT. THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE REGISTRATION OF CARS, RENEWAL OF ROAD TAX AND FITNESS. THE WHOLE THING IS A JOKE! INTERPOL SYSTEM IS MADE CUMBERSOME AND CONFUSED IN ORDER TO DELAY THE PROCESS AND CREATE CORRUPTION. GOD SAVE US!!! THOSE QUES NEED TO END AND SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS PUBLISHED BY INTERPOL OR RTSA. IN CANADA, DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL IS AUTOMATIC ON A 24 HOURS ATM MACHINE. EQUALLY BETTER SYSTEMS ARE NEEDED ON MOTOR VEHICLE FITNESS AND RENEWAL. THE WHOLE THING IS APPALLING AND A CIRCUS. DEFENDING YOURSELVES GUYS WILL NOT DO. THE OTHER DAY A SILLY DEFENSE WAS THAT VEHICLES HAVE BECOME TOO MANY!

  27. Umuchinzi Wamonona Reply

    August 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

    KWA GEORGE AND EMI ARE RIGHT. THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE REGISTRATION OF CARS, RENEWAL OF ROAD TAX AND FITNESS. THE WHOLE THING IS A JOKE! INTERPOL SYSTEM IS MADE CUMBERSOME AND CONFUSED IN ORDER TO DELAY THE PROCESS AND CREATE CORRUPTION. GOD SAVE US!!! THOSE QUES NEED TO END AND SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS PUBLISHED BY INTERPOL OR RTSA.

  28. Umuchinzi Wamonona Reply

    August 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    IN CANADA, DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL IS AUTOMATIC ON A 24 HOURS ATM MACHINE. EQUALLY BETTER SYSTEMS ARE NEEDED ON MOTOR VEHICLE FITNESS AND RENEWAL. THE WHOLE THING IS APPALLING AND A CIRCUS. DEFENDING YOURSELVES GUYS WILL NOT DO. THE OTHER DAY A SILLY DEFENSE WAS THAT VEHICLES HAVE BECOME TOO MANY!

  29. tripoli Reply

    August 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Fikapokola fyakumushi.

  30. NKOLE Reply

    August 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    EFYOFYABA

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