In order to solicit bribes, motorists are being โ€œarrestedโ€ for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Hereโ€™s how it works โ€ฆ.

– Inez Terrace, Harare CBD, runs from Nelson Mandela Avenue, ending at Kenneth Kaunda Avenue and ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. The road is a one-way only, running south towards the railway.
– The intersections where a motorist would turn north into Inez Terrace (against the traffic) are not clearly signposted.
– Either by waiting patiently, or being opportunistic, members operating from Central will jump on any motorist who has made the mistake of entering the road from the wrong direction.
– The motorist is advised that he/she is under arrest, the vehicle is to be impounded as evidence and the motorist is escorted to Central.
– The โ€œarresting officerโ€ takes the motorist to the ZRP Traffic desk, supposedly to have the docket drawn up.
– During this process, the ZRP members will suggest to the โ€œarrestedโ€ motorist that he could โ€œtalk nicelyโ€ to the arresting officer and member โ€œprocessing the docketโ€.

This is a very clear strategy to solicit bribes by intimidating uninformed motorists, coordinated by ZRP members operating on the CBD streets and desk personnel at Central.

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ:

– The offence is covered by the Roads and Road Traffic Regs., 1974, section 10(a). The Schedule of Deposit Fines reads โ€œDrive wrong way in one way roadโ€.
– This is a Level 3 offence, the fine is ZW$ 100.00 (SI 209/2019 gazetted on 23 Sep, 2019).
– Only offences above Level 3 require a court appearance.

Motorists are advised to familiarise yourselves with the road traffic laws, and your rights. Do not be bullied โ€“ invest the time to record the details of the ZRP members, phone for advice and always report any corrupt activities to ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น, ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ (๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ) ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ (๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น: ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ)

Source: Sean Quinlan, Dear ZRP