Malawi Police reduce traffic checks, reviewing road block operations –Muluzi

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Atupele Muluzi, has told parliament that the Malawi Police Service has reduced the number of traffic police checks and deployed some of its personnel to street duties.

Muluzi (right) told parliament police traffic checks reduced

Muluzi (right) told parliament police traffic checks reduced

Muluzi told the House on Tuesday that the traffic police checks are now “strategically located” throughout the country and not at every 50 Km stretch of the road as it were in some parts of the country.

“As regards the issue of un-roadworthy vehicles, contributing to high level of road accidents, let me acknowledge that it is the role of the Malawi Police Service and the Road Traffic Directorate to enforce traffic laws in the country.

“Nevertheless, it is the role of the Road Traffic Directorate to issue certificates of fitness for motor vehicles,” said Muluzi.

The Minister nonetheless said police will continue to enforce traffic laws to ensure that only road worthy vehicles operate on the country’s roads to reduce road accidents.

He pointed out that, currently, the role of enforcing traffic laws is being constrained by inadequate resources such as breathalysers, traffic patrol vehicles and speed traps, among others.

MP for Rumphi West, Jacqueline Kouwenhoven (Independent) told the House that she experiences more traffic checks on the roads, saying most traffic officers are seen soliciting bribes.

“To me as a person driving on the road regularly, especially between Rumphi and Lilongwe, I do not see a decline in the number of traffic police on the roads. The notion is that the traffic police seem to have become a source of revenue collection and unfortunately to me it seems it is a strange way of engaging with the public whereby between Mzuzu and Lilongwe we can be stopped up to twelve times, seeing drivers engaging with the police and exchanging money,” she said and asked government to consider lowering the number of traffic police.

In his contribution, Peter Kumpalume MP for Blantyre West (DPP) said the reason that there are speed traps, especially at busy trading centres is to reduce accidents.

Said Kumpalume: “Unfortunately, we find that traffic officers are positioned after the trading centre. If the reason is to reduce road accidents, how does police officers’ positioned after the busy trading centres reduce accidents? Could the Minister assure us that he will do something about that?”

Muluzi said Malawi Police Service is reviewing its roadblock operations in order to improve their effectiveness.

“This will enable the Malawi Police Service to achieve effective execution of its mandate as required by law and the expectations of society,” said Muluzi.

Muluzi said statistics have shown that there has been a reduction by 11 per cent of road traffic incidences that were recorded from 2013/2014 and a further reduction that was recorded in the 2014/2015 Fiscal Year was from 1,324 to 1,178 cases.

“So, already, we have seen that there has been a reduction but of course these are figures that are not independent but certainly from our statistics, it has demonstrated that the traffic roadblocks do work in terms of prevention but certainly we will look into it since the Malawi Police Serve will be reviewing its operations.

Muluzi said he had “taken note” of lawmakers concern and suggestions.

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Phaju
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Continue doing good work for the nation, Mr Muluzi and A police. Awonezeleni ndalama za ma allowance chonde

Phaju
Guest

The issue is not region plse, if u dont have anything to write, just stay and read.Malawi is one .

norton
Guest

A police Kuba siyani .Ma driver siyani kupereka ndalama kwa a police

MWASUWA
Guest

Complaining about kuchuluka kwa apolice on the roads of malawi kwa ngoonetseratu kuti ambiri ndi mbava.

chindele
Guest

THE SOLUTION TO ALL THESE PROBLEMS IS FEDERAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT OR TINGOGAWANAPO DZIKOLI

Balamanthu
Guest

The only country that has speed traps in the city is Malawi.Police checks in Malawi dont help apart from abating corruption.Check those on Mchinji road that just collect money from mini bus drivers at MK500 per bus without doing their job.Minister mbuzi-nanji police ndiye mbuzi zeni zeni

Cheyo the real northerner
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Cheyo the real northerner

You are stupid tman. Who told you that police officers are dull. Chitsiru iwe eti

ben
Guest

AT lilongwe bridge they are there at night after 10pm, it is too much in lilonwe there are traffic cops every 2km, please transfer some to crime section to boost security

Anti Orange
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Also for roadworthy vehicles – How many police land cruisers have 2 headlamps and 2 rear lights? How many motorists use their indicators? Howe many stop at an intersection blocking any traffic trying to turn off? Some simple driver training and good manners would solve more accidents that 10,000 traffic police!!! Driving in a straight line is not difficult and not an offence.

wokwiya
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I do not understand what the Hon. meant by ‘positioning traffic police after a busy trading center’. After trading center depends on the direction you are heading to. All she meant some distance far away from trading centers?

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