RTSA CEO Says He Will Not Report To Solomon Jere

Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko says he will not report to Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere following a heated exchange of words the two had over the mounting of road blocks by RTSA to curb cases of drunk driving.

Mr. Soko says this is because by the Act of Parliament which created RTSA only mandates him to report to the Minister of Transport and communication and not to the Deputy Inspector of Police.

Mr. Soko however, says he is ready to attend a meeting with Dr. Jere at a higher level to iron out there professional differences.

Mr. Soko has also maintained that the agency will continue with its patrols as prescribed under the RTSA Act No. 11 of 2002.

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52 Responses to RTSA CEO Says He Will Not Report To Solomon Jere

  1. ;) Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    bla bla bla…

  2. Susu Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Arrogance n ignorance, a bad combination 4a country. Wat ws wrng 2attend an invitation n probably oso give ur syd ov interepretation. O izit abt whoz the boss? Such attitudes r very dangerous 4a country. It is this sort ov behaviour tht hon. Chikwanda described as profitable 4a country frm the so kod the learned. Nway, get ready 4the vermon frm jeres’ boys..
    Wateva hz tod them.

  3. michael chama Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Mr. Jere is about popularity of his appointing authority and not the safety of road users. What a shallow thinking. Next he shud go and lobby abolition of rtsa as well as repealing of drunk and driving law. His govt and Jere will be very popular beyond leaps and bounds.! What a cop.

    • swine Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

      You couldn’t have put it any better!…this Jere man does he drive in a drunken state or something? What is his problem…what a ”dr” cop!

  4. Susu Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Sorry, 2read, UNPROFITABLE

  5. nel Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    waiting to hear the final conclusion.kuloleshafye!

  6. EMMY Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    The battle has shifted from Kabimba and minions to Jere and Rats.Is this an indication that the country is slowly losing direction? Only time will tell.

  7. chiingu Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    The RATSA boss Zindaba Soko is just being arrogant and big headed for nothing.Dr Jere was from professional in his approach.He simply asked what books the RATSA people were consulting to inconvinience motorists like that.He also asked him to see him the following day to discuss the issue.Now did you notice that the chap Soko wanted to embarass Dr Jere by asking his juniors if they were emotional and they responded by almost as good as jeering Dr Jere.Why this behaviour?
    If Dr Jere wanted he could have mobilised his men also and I shudder to think of what would have happend.
    People must learn to work hamoniousely especially that they are working for the same cause-road safety.
    I demand for Soko to apologise to Dr Jere.

    • NEVER AGAIN Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Read to day’s daily nation and you will be able to understand the cause of all this mess, Dr Jere was called by a lady known as Monica who also had her car impounded and thats how the chief cop rushed to rescue the lady. He went there with a motive to show the lady that he was a big guy who doesn’t fear any one but unfortunate this has just made him to look more less a political cadre.

    • Nshinwa Bwino Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

      You must be one of the drunken drivers to be in support of Dr Jere.

    • anti cadarism Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      you must be a bigger fool than that DR Jere you Chiingu, first of all his doctor in what? and why is the police trying to correct things which are already correct? he should concentrate on straightening out the many many wrongs that the police are doing, our communities are not safe, police are even more corrupt, he is poking his nose in issues that are not supposed to be issues at all, this country and its cadres my gosh, why did Mwanawasa die please mwe bantu

  8. osward mwaisumo Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

    RATSA road blocks are perfect. those guys are not corrupt but just want to do the right thing all the time. Drunkenness is one of the major causes of accidents on our roads. Go RATSA THUMBS UP FOR YOU.

  9. Maria Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Did Jere use a professional approach? Nay! I think he should have called for a meeting (oficial) using accepted methodology. He should not have gone to comfront his collegue pa roadside. ‘doctor’ Jere, go back to your drawing board. Lord have mercy on us Zambians. It was as if the two men were fighting over a mama.

    • Get to know him Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Is Dr Jere a doctor in road blocks or not.Why should he stop RATSA from doing what is mandated to them by the law.Police officers are corrupt and they do not want to mount roads blocks for safety reasons but for the gain.

  10. Kasenge Richard Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Onather dramer RTSA vs tumfweko keep on informing but not ifyabufi imagnation stories aaaha!

  11. PanAfricanist Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is all about who can ‘collect’ monies from the public. These are tuff wars. These are like drug delears.


    October 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Imbwa shaba ukwa shalyamba ukulwa shekasheka

  13. pat Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I didnt know that accident on our road make the goverment popular until Dr. Jere said it. Am dissappointed with Dr. Jere i thought safety was number one thing and not making the goverment popular. “Men of God what has gone wrong” I have like what you also say on Radio i though you were for the people, so you are for the government

  14. Truthful Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

    The wise men from the east fighting on who saw the shining light first! sha! ma rubbish!

  15. Alangizi Akulu Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Solomon advising about where to mount blocks? Then he has not travelled to the CB to see how ill-placed the Kafulafuta point is. For a start, it is on a slope and right at a weigh bridge. Meaning, traffic is unnecessarily throttled, and being a slope, trucks have to labour to move off thereby damaging the tar road – it is real eaten up. Many more police check points are similarly poorly mounted. Mr Jere should therefore first worry about the log in his eye way before he whines about the speck in the eye of RATSA.

    • anti cadarism Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Very true, his busy trying to correct what does not need to be corected, his just a misplaced cadre, too much lawlessness in this country i tell you….

  16. kateka Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Police in white caps are very corrupt. They share their loot with Jere, no wonder he is trying to twist things that r rite. Solomon, leave that job to RTSA. They do the job proffessionally. Up to now, u cant accept that yo cops in whit caps are stinking rotten with corruption?

  17. kateka Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Zambia Police traffic police must only come in if an offender becomes voilent while RTSA is manning check points. They must just provide security to the RTSA officers when they are manning road blocks. let them be armed like those who accompany Zra(Customs). They must not conduct road blocks or check points. They leave this job to RTSA. Let their job just be protection of RTSA officers on duty.

  18. sense man Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    ni bakalyamo beka beka,amafontini.

  19. Ukwa Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Mwanibelesha !!


    October 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm



    October 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm


  22. tallmike Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mr Zindaba Soko pliz understand that even if RTSA was an act of Parliament,you must report to Deputy IG’s office as instructed.Zambia police is a law enforcing body to which all of us tima vina pelete if we error in the way we conduct ourselves.
    Brother Soko pliz ,it does not mean you are reduced to a minion if you go to the IG’s office.i feel it will make your work easier and it will give you an opportunity to share you concerns about the percieved ills of the traffic officers.
    Aikona Man mvela nani chabe palibe vuto yayi.

  23. chile1 Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This is typical police behavior,they always want to 2 b on top of atha pipo’s jobs,always wantin boss the way isn’t solomon only the second in command?yet he ws tryin 2 bully and order around the 1 Ratsa officer,wat nonsense is dat?Thumbs up ratsa chief 4 standin ur ground

    • anti cadarism Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      ati he even side lines the main IG, his just a lawless cadre

  24. Tochi Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    From the tone of the RATS boss, I thought he was drunk …….iv heard him talk before and he certainly doesn’t sound the way he sounded that day..he couldn’t even talk properly. His Officers should try to use the alcohol detection gadget on him?

  25. Z.P 1 Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I hope u knw wht u are commenting about ? rtsa has No! powers of arrest, meaning thy cnt take any1 to court 4 drunk n drivng cos it’s a court case 2. For 1 to impound a m/v mst hve thoz powers. O thez must b put on paper. They do not hv a holding cell. Evn operating witout my officers is illegal, evn witout my permission. Now ths shud b put in ur f…king heads, i thoz driverz where to riot who wil sort thr mess. ****** foolz think.

    • cadre hater Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      you are the bigger fool, were are the police when we need them, they even instruct call boys to impound taxis in garden house area, you should sort out your mess in your ZP first, corrpt goons.

    • Maria Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Ba kapokola, kambani bwino. Mwachila corruption. Especially your women… Sivinthu, pa chingeleza – they are not things, naimwe bamene. Every home in Sikanze Camp has DSTV, cars and mini-buses packed. Parking space ni zero. That is why you were caught pants down in Chipata. Eeezi ZP!

  26. Observer Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Much as we appreciate safety mounting check points by RATSA “few meters from clubs” is tatantamount to harassment. If you are beatherized after 25 beers 99.99 will be un fit does that mean no driving to clubs where there is beer and we shold walk?

  27. observer Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Sorry supposed to be 2 beers not 25 for you to be deemed unfit to drive if the RSTA check point is 5 metres from your club

  28. people Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    kwena this shows how ignorant these comments are Dr Jere was simply saying the police have to involved in thr operations for many many many Reason Please mwebantu!!

  29. Charles "Israel"Chunda Ngesa Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Zona mweba ku Chipata mulelaka beka beka. Shame upon you two leaders. You ZP & you RTSA you all work for the common good of safety on Zambian roads. It is so embarrassing for you dependable chaps of Zambia quarrelling on streets of Lusaka.
    Dr. Jere you are my respectable man of GOD. Remember when the disciples of JESUS reported to JESUS that they found men casting out demons they said they wanted to stop them. JESUS said let them go on. Who ever is not against us is for us. Dr. Jere you are a jesus in way. Those RTSA chaps are just supposed to continue with what they were doing. Surely they were simply complementing the efforts of ZP.
    That is all I can say

  30. Trixy Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Malabishi!!! Who is this Solomon Jere? Is it the one who used to sing gospel music (band?). I agree with someone here who wishes Mwanawasa never died….there was a lot of sanity in this country then….now look at what is happening….cadres are fighting over plots and burning cars. Ministers are fighting each other, nurses and cleaners are getting the same salary and nurses are angry and want to go on strike, the president is busy insulting chiefs with hands in the pockets…ITS ALL A MESS…A TOTAL MESS!!

  31. Mukwinda kulepuka Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm


  32. Uwauma na fyala Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    In my humble view, this altercation was totally unnecessary. If Dr. Jere saw that there was something wrong in what RTSA was doing, why did he not summon Mr. Soko to talk about the issue, rather going to ‘confront’ another colleague by the road. People always defend their territories, full stop. In my view, there was a better way of handling this matter.

  33. Mark Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Dr. Jere is a big disappointment in my view. Why did he take it upon himself to go and interrupt a road block. RATSA has been conducting these for some time now. The proffessional approach was to arrange a meeting to solve there differences not to go and interrupt a road block. Shame on him. He wants to be seen. Kulibonesha, but it has back fired.


    October 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    RTSA man is right,

    It is RTSA’s duty to do random checks and see if people are complying. otherwise the police will continue collecting bribe.

  35. Anesutose Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Does RATSA have the mandate to mount road blocks? I thought “security check points” were for Police? Is not there concern safety of the vehicles, drivers and pedestrians? Let RATSA stick to fitness, road tax and licensing of competent drivers

  36. pompolyongo Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    ratsa do you have cells to detain offenders and also do you have prosecutors if I take you to court

  37. loyola Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    @maria, who told u that DSTV is only for pipo in Kabulonga or woodlands? u r ashallow thinker. i think your father was an officer in the colonial days. police officers get the same zambian kwacha and go to the same shops like all zambians. stop looking down on others. u think u r the only one who wants to hv DSTV in your house. Chiimbwii

  38. Pneny Balubalu Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm


  39. Susu Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    @maria, wake up. Kwaacha!Tymz av changed. Jelousy ll kill u..ati, dstv, cars, fut. Apa so amasing in the peacekeeping mission, koswe.

  40. Mwata Kapale Reply

    October 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Solomon is absolutely right!! Soko is a fool after drivers money. How do you mount a checkpoint @23hrs..foolish RATS. if you impound a vehicle, how does a driver get home safely. You think if you are CEO you are above the law. SILLY FUL!!!

  41. nancy Reply

    October 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Ka Soko has jst grown big headed, Dr Jere asked in a cool & polite manner. Soko arrogance will jst bring u down. Your officers are very corrupt if at all u are not aware. Do you need a minister to disguse himself to come & expose your officers?

  42. Z.P 1 Reply

    October 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

    No 1 should be impounded by the rats or sorry rtsa officers for any offence as long as my officers are not there. Let them apply for powers of arrest and we have to train them at para-military camp in sondela. But it wont be easy i can assure you, non will make it.

    • people Reply

      October 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

      in my view RSTA should be educated on this very disappointing.

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