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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :