Police crack down on illegal taxis and unlicenced buses to ensure Easter holiday safety


HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has banned all illegal pirate taxis or mushikashika and buses without licencing from operating this Easter holiday as a measure to curb crime and road traffic accidents. 

Zimbabwe police ensure Easter holiday safety by banning mushikashika and unlicenced buses
ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga

In a statement by the ZRP, Commissioner General Tandabantu Godwin Matanga said his office has implored police commanders across the country to take decisive action against illegal pirate taxis/mushikashika and buses that are not licensed or authorized to carry passengers from one point to another.

“Therefore, no pirate taxis or buses with no permits will be allowed to pass through Police checkpoints and roadblocks. The public service vehicles speed limiting technology which is at Harare Central will be effectively monitored to account for all speeding bus drivers who are openly exceeding the stipulated speed limits in line with Statutory Instrument 118/2023,” said Matanga. 

“May I take this opportunity to urge other bus operators who are yet to join or implement the speed limit mechanism to do so for the effective maintenance of law and order in the country and the safety of travelers,” added Matanga. 

The Commissioner emphasized that the Police would impound all unroadworthy vehicles and arrest any driver found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

As the Easter holiday also coincides with religious observances, the Commissioner General discouraged night traveling for pilgrimages and urged church leaders to prioritize suitable and secure transportation options for their congregates. 

This precautionary step aims to minimize road traffic accidents and ensure the well-being of those partaking in religious ceremonies.

With school children engaging in various social activities during the holiday, the Commissioner General also called upon parents to provide guidance and monitor their children closely to prevent cases of drug and substance abuse.

To combat the issue, police officers will patrol residential, industrial, and shopping areas, actively targeting drug peddlers.

Furthermore, the ZRP has directed officers commanding police provinces to ensure full compliance with the Liquor Act [Chapter 14:12]. 

As a result, unlicensed liquor outlets and shebeens will be closed, with operators facing legal consequences. 

This measure aims to promote responsible alcohol consumption and reduce related incidents during the holiday period.

To minimize the risk of robbery cases, the public is strongly advised against carrying or keeping large sums of money at home or business premises. 

Instead, individuals and businesses are encouraged to bank their funds and only retain small amounts for specific transactions. 

The Commissioner General also reminded companies to exercise caution in sharing financial information with employees to prevent potential leaks to criminals.

The Commissioner General concluded by urging all motorists to cooperate with police officers at checkpoints and patrols, emphasizing the importance of planning journeys and complying with road rules and regulations. 

Additionally, the ZRP has promised to take decisive action against corrupt elements on the country's roads, as highlighted by the recent statement from the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

“In this regard, the public should feel free to report any criminal activities at any nearest Police Station or contact the National Complaints Desk number (0242) 703631 or WhatsApp number, 0712 800 197,” the statement concluded.

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