Report corrupt police officers to ACC-ZP

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:34:56 +0000

 THE general public should report any traffic police officer seen engaging in corrupt activities to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), says Zambia Police Service (ZP) national road coordinator for road safety and awareness Yoram Phiri.

Mr Phiri warned that the service would not tolerate any officers engaging in corrupt practices and that people should any officers found wanting to ACC.

He said that people could also report corrupt officers to the police and that they would endeavor to take appropriate against the officer.

Mr Phiri disclosed during a programme on ZNBC that ZP had in the recent passed handed over to ACC or reshuffled officers who were reported to have involved themselves in corruption.

Mr Phiri during a program on ZNBC pointed out that ACC had a toll free line which the public should make use of whenever they witnessed or suspected corrupt public officers.

“Passengers witness corrupt practices by officers but don’t take time to report to the necessary offices. Us all we just hear rumors of corruption by our officers but have never caught them in the act. There is a toll free line for ACC, make use of it. Or you can report at our offices, we have handed over corrupt offices to ACC or change them departments” he said.

And Commuters Rights Association of Zambia (CRAZ) president Aaron Kamuti noted that commuters were ignorant of reporting officers and motorists who involved in corrupt practices.

Mr Kamuti said that passengers witnessed incidences of corruption by traffic police officers but that they never take it upon themselves to report.

He pointed out that motorists were also to blame for the increasing incidences of corruption in Zambia because they were the ones who offered bribes to police officers in times of urgency.

Meanwhile, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) chief road traffic inspector Christopher Lesa said that his office had received very few incidences or rumors of RTSA officers engaging in corrupt practices because they were not allowed to handle hard cash during patrols.

Mr Lesa commended RTSA officers for being focused and not tarnishing the image of the agency with reports of corrupt practices.

He however also encouraged the general publish to report and violators of traffic rules and officers if involved in corrupt practices.

Mr Lesa warned that the agency would not take easy on people violating traffic rule and that his office was ready to deal with anyone who would be found in breach of the laws especially during the festive season period.


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