Karonga police officers ‘reaping’ from new traffic measures

In spite of strict measures by the department of the Road Traffic Directorate (RTD) to reduce traffic accidents in the country, minibus and taxi operators in Karonga continue to flout rules—putting lives of passengers—at risk with the help and knowledge of traffic police officers.

Traffic police stopping cars and imposing on spot fines

Some of the measures government has put in place to help abate road accidents on the country’s roads include jailing or fining drivers and conductors who defy rules and regulations such as passenger exceeding.

For instance, a driver and conductor whose bus is found carrying passengers who are standing are liable to a two-year jail term while those that commit a passenger exceeding offence are liable to pay a K20 000 fine or serve a five-year jail term.

But instead of effecting the measures, Nyasa Times can reveal that the drivers are pocketing K10 000 from every vehicle embroiled in such crimes.

Minibus drivers said traffic officers “issue receipts” to help them move without restrictions.

“Our traffic officers are not as tough as those from other districts. If you pay them K10 000 you move without any problem, especially after getting a receipt,” said one of the drivers.

A traffic police officer who spoke to Nyasa Times on condition of anonymity said they are “enjoying” and “reaping” from the current regulations.

In his reaction vocal Karonga Youth for Justice and Development (KYJD) executive director, Steve Simusokwe, said “government should discipline” such officers.

Head of traffic police in the district is not yet to comment on the matter, but cases of bribery in Karonga are not novel.

Times and again, police officers in the district have been named in various bribery syndicates including aiding illegal immigrants into the country.

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4 years ago

Corruption at Road Traffic is Too High.
K10,000 for every COF document goes into the pockets of Officers at Road Traffic. They do not hide or fear anything. Easy as nobody`s bussines – Working at their personal Institution.

Odala amnzthu kuba daily – Government just observing – Cheers Ma Boss.

Chris Njex
Chris Njex
4 years ago

That some police officers are corrupt is no longer a debate, what we may debate is what is being done to reduce the rate of this corruption. Corruption is two fold, if citizens are not responsible, the fight against corruption is non-starter. We have ably cultivated a fertile environment for our officers to be corrupt. In fact its the citizens who start the corruption, and the officers just nod. However the bottom line is that corruption is destructive in short and long terms. Allowing vehicles contravening road traffic rules by giving or accepting bribes is too costly. Lives and property,… Read more »

gray Mwandwanga
4 years ago

It is a true story about these begging guys in KA. On 17th June, they stopped me for an offence of over speeding at Ipyana just after the bridge as I was heading to Lilongwe. When I came out of the vehicle, they told me that I have exceeded speed to 55kmph therefore we have to discuss. I did not enter into the requested discussion but paid K5.5 thousand. Meantime I could see others motorists pulling one officer aside with money in his hands. When I pulled my IPhone from my pocket, the officer thought I wanted to take a… Read more »

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