Kampyongo orders police to cut roadblocks to 40

 

GOVERNMENT has ordered the Zambia Police Service to immediately reduce the number of checkpoints on highways from 81 to 40 following complaints from members of the public.

Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo yesterday told Parliament in a ministerial statement that some checkpoints were counter-productive and were not justifiable as they only delayed traffic.

Mr Kampyongo said in the last few weeks, Government had received complaints from members of the public regarding the high number of security and traffic checks they had been subjected to by the security wings.

“Mr Speaker, to address the problem of incessant security and traffic checkpoints, my Government has directed the Zambia Police Service to rationalize the management of security and traffic checkpoints without compromising compliance with traffic laws and regulations, as well as public security.

“To that end, the Zambia Police has reduced on the number of permanent security and traffic checkpoints throughout the country to no more than 36 strategic points,” Mr Kampyongo said.

He said the remaining security checkpoints in Lusaka Province included Kafue Bridge along the Kafue-Chirundu road, South Makeni turn-off along Mumbwa Road and Chirundu-Siavonga junction.

On the Copperbelt, checkpoints would only remain at Kafulafuta-Kafue road, Sabina, Mukambo, Sakanya and Luanshya-Kitwe-Ndola junction, while in Central Province checkpoints would be in Chisamba, KapiriMposhi along Great North Road, Nangoma and Ndabala.

Mr Kampyongo further explained that in Northern Province the checkpoints would be at Nkolemfumu, Kasesha and Luwingu, while in Muchinga Province the checkpoints would be at Nakonde-Mbala turn-off, Isoka-Mafinga turn-of, Chinsali-Nambuluma police post and Mpika near the weigh bridge.

In Western Province, roadblocks would remain at Kasiya-Livingstone road, Sioma Bridge and Kalabo road while in Luapula Province, Musaila- Serenje-Samfya-Mansa junction, Luwingu-Mansa, Mwense and Nchelenge.

In Eastern Province, at Kacholola, Lundazi road and Chanida, while in North Western Province, checkpoints remain at Mutanda-Solwezi, Kapijimpanga-Chingola road and St Dorothy. Finally in Southern Province, roadblocks will remain at Livingstone weighbridge, Nakatindi road ZAWA gate and 10 miles Mazabuka.

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4 Responses to “Kampyongo orders police to cut roadblocks to 40”

  1. Amos Banda says:

    The problem is that the Police hardly take notice of what the Ministers direct them. Just a few days ago, the Minister for the Copper Belt talked about the reducing the number of road blocks. In Ndola for example he said that only two road blocks should be maintained at Itawa and Indeni. When you drive around you will notice that the Ministers directive is completely ignored by the police and the police can mount road blocks anywhere. The question is why should the police disregard the ministers directive? Then why should the Minister waste his time to talk about things that are ignored by his own people.

  2. Muntu says:

    I don’t agree with his decisions because he stays in a well guarded home he wants to subject us to insecurity. he should just find ways to discipline erring officers as opposed to cutting road blocks. the late president Sata tried and in Chililabombwe we stayed in fear as vehicles were stolen, peoples in the copper belt were attacked and there were lots of robberies.

  3. Muntu says:

    I dont agree with his decisions because he stays in a well guarded home he wants to subject us to insecurity. he should just find ways to discipline erring officers as opposed to cutting road blocks. the late president Sata tried and in Chililabombwe we stayed in fear as vehicles were stolen, peoples in the copper belt were attacked and there were lots of robberies.

  4. Nshilimubemba says:

    Those road blocks don’t serve any purpose.
    They just inconvenience the public and promote corruption from those who man them.

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