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Police Clear Road Traffic Air

LUSAKA, 07 TH OCTOBER, 2018 – The Zambia Police wishes to state that in the recent past,  a Ministerial Statement was presented in Parliament by the Minister of Home Affairs, in which he announced the reduction of roadblocks countrywide.

We also wish to clarify that the roadblocks that were referred to in the Ministerial Statement were Permanent Security road blocks and these are roadblocks which operate on a 24 00 hours basis mainly for security reasons such as  search for wanted and trafficked persons, stollen property and address many other security concerns.

Other than these permanent roadblocks there are also snap check points  which are random in nature and are  mounted by traffic officers at different points in enforcing the Road Traffic Act hence ensuring that there is sanity on the roads.

The snap checks are ussually mounted between 09 00 hours and 16 00 hours. Before 09 00 hours and after 17 00 hours, traffic officers are usually involved in traffic management.

The permanent roadblocks were indeed reduced on the basis that they were counterproductive and were an inconvenience to the travelling public.

However, on snap checks which are random checkpoints, a directive was given by the Minister of Home Affairs that they should be well coordinated by Police Commissioners of Provinces to avoid being an inconvenience to the travelling public.

Section 21 of the Zambia Police Act gives mandate to the Zambia Police to regulate and control traffic as well as keep and maintain order on public roads.

We therefore wish to advise members of the public to understand the distinction between Permanent Security Roadblocks and Snap Traffic checks and should always verify with authorities on the legality of checkpoints and roadblocks before effecting citizens arrests on officers suspected to have mounted an illegal checkpoint.

ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO

ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

3 Comments

  1. moffat mwamba

    that’s is excellent ba mwata but also giver us a number to call in case we find them on a wrong roadblock ,especially ba kabangwe and garden police sure roadblock at chipata clinic

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  2. Police officer

    Yabaa! Apa njala izatinyokola mwami.No gwagu.Elo nakanyumba nishi che kali muwindo level.Apa no mashopping muma spar /cosmopolitan mall nimu tuma market chabe.Kumwa nako, no castle izankhala junta na waka kwasila maweeeee!Nau malonda ungawamepo mwami!!

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  3. Moses

    Wich office are we suppose to find out the legality of a road block? Because we are smelling such road blocks in lufwanyama where sometimes you find an office mounting a road block alone in the middle of the night

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