Reforms cut-off middlemen at Road Traffic Dept: Corruption syndicate busted

Intermediaries, commonly known as middlemen, have been completely cut out from corruption syndicates with officers at the road traffic because the new system is electronic and transaction only starts when the system recognizes a bank payment receipt.

No more middlemen at Road Traffic department

No more middlemen at Road Traffic department

The development has angered the middlemen, usually well dressed men who linger around the premises, who have been assisting clients through their inside connections.

“This is bad for us. I have been in this business for over 20 years. So what will I be doing? I know these reforms are good for the country but for me this has been my life,” lamented one middleman from Biwi.

However, the middlemen are not taking it lying down because due to their influence have resolved to do anything possible to portray the new system as failure so that the directorate reverts to the old system.

In a statement issued this week, spokesperson for the Road Traffic Department Chisomo Chibwana said “contrary to reports that the delays are a result of system failure it has come to our attention that a few internal stakeholders are conniving with middlemen after being completely cut out from corruption and kickbacks since the new system is computerized, are trying to throw spanners in the whole process.”

“For example, we have heard stories of service seekers still paying bribes to middlemen to facilitate the process yet the middlemen simply disappear with the money because there is nothing they can do as the process is now electronic and computerized,” read the statement adding;

“This situation in turn is leading to congestion in the queues as swindled clients continue to wait for the helpless middlemen thereby painting a picture as if the system itself is to blame.”

In the statement, Chibwana then assured the general public to appreciate that the upgrade of the Traffic Information System is part of the Public Service Reforms which, among others, will completely curb out corruption at the Directorate because only those who produce bank scanned receipts will be assisted.

In a related development, reforms in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme FISP have cut out suppliers and transporters – meaning that government will no longer invite tenders for supply of fertilizer and seed as beneficiaries will buy straight from agro-dealers.

This move is expected to help government save a whopping K19 billion.

President Mutharika established the Public Service Reforms Commission – chaired by vice President Chilima – and the commission is currently carrying out a number of reforms in ministries, departments, and parastatals in a last ditch attempt to improve service delivery and curb corruption.

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Ayatolla Khomeni

People will find a way to beat the system through the same staff at the RTD. The middle men worked for the RTD staff. Dave Kadzuwa will find a way out.

johntembo Kuffor

kkkkkkkkk. mmanja mwawo a President ndi Chilima. Zione wavutika zedi ku Road Traffic..kkkk pobera anthu patha…kkkkkkkkk

The system is quite ok. However, do not point fingers at anybody. People engage in this intermediary businesses because of lacking employment opportunities. Don’t blame them. While reforms are underway to improve efficiency, the government need to seriously consider creating employment opportunities for the growing number of youths. We need to think deeply on economic investments that can help to close the ever growing unemployment. Regarding the system, I don’t think its the failure of it but government’s lack of foresight. As one has already pointed out, the number of vehicles and drivers have tremendously increased while being served from… Read more »

As long as processing time is not reducrd, agents will still have services to offer to those who cant stand the queues. Hollistic approach is required. In Lilongwe premises are too small. Information is not properly provided to clients e.g. no info counter..simple process flow charts displayed within premises would help a lot..reforms are not cheap..the half a loaf rule does not apply with reforms..awareness programmes on radio and tv are required.


So these middle men are in total Like 150 People? Or more? So how much did Government Spend Implementing this system? is it not cheaper to take these useless middle men out the picture in other ways rather then taking our Hard earned Tax money for Bull shit which will go back to the same Old Story..


Just overhaul the whole RTD. Otherwise all officers are corrupt. Nanga madobadobawo amasayinitsa kuti ma docs a chinyengowo?

I dont see any problem using brokers, because my vehicle papers were being done while am working, making money somewhere. In insurance we have brokers who do on your behalf. Even this system will be prone to corruption because the whole Southern Region has one office whch requires for someone to stand on the que for hours without being attended to, it would be better to have centers in each district and Blantyre should have 3 centres: Limbe, Blantyre and Ginery Corner, that way it will solve the congestions being experienced so far. Time is money, why should someone wait… Read more »

APM and Chilima indeed you have punished the middlemen at Road Traffic. IMy neighbour here in Blantyre is or was a midleman. The guy was bringing a loaf of bread per ady. I mean that loaf of bread large at K300.00. Now after this development the guy is failing even to bring cassava. Please punish them. develop the system at all government business centers.


this so called system has a lot of shot fall apart from getting lead of dobadoba’s just imagine that if your relative send you a car you cant register it until he or she comes for himself even though you have all the document and they are too much processes that we are being changed for hope this this is one war of financing zero aid budget


Wa Police corruption sinkhani, amakuyamba dala. Ine sinditha koma dzulo ndaphunzira, n’nangoti ya lunch bwanji nthawi yomweyo ndapulumutsa ten pin kikikiki!!!!

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