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.