Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers manning roadblocks along the country’s major highways have been accused of coercing motorists to buy raffle tickets at the check points.
Motorists who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com claimed that officers were pestering them to buy tickets for this year’s ZRP Commissioner General’s Fun Fair raffle with some of the cops reportedly saying they had been given daily targets by their bosses.
“If one fails to buy the tickets, they are threatened with fines over flimsy traffic offences,” said a one motorist who did not want to be named.
Efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Charity Charamba were in vein as her mobile phone was unreachable.
However, another motorist who identified himself as Gladman said he was forced to buy the raffle ticket at a roadblock in Kwekwe last week.
“This officer openly told me that each roadblock has been given a daily target for the raffle ticket sales.
“She literally begged me to buy the raffle ticket. The begging antics are time-consuming and inconveniencing motorists,” he said.
According to the raffle tickets seen by this reporter, the draw for the raffle will be conducted on the 1st of October.
The ZRP has also been accused of using numerous roadblocks mounted on the roads countrywide as a way of raising money to fund raise its operations.
Source: New Zimbabwe