Drama as residents bust fake roadblock

Sergeant Kwashirai

The moment when a citizen’s arrest was effected on Sergeant Kwashirai for mounting a fake roadblock and extorting motorists

Melody Mashaire Herald Reporter—
A policeman was nabbed in Kuwadzana Extension, Harare, yesterday while his colleague took to his heels after being busted for mounting an illegal roadblock and extorting money from unsuspecting motorists along the Harare-Bulawayo Road. The pair was also using a counterfeit fine book. Luck ran out for the cop, who was only identified as Sergeant Kwashirai and his accomplice both from the Police Protection Unit after they “arrested” a traffic “offender” who challenged them to take him to the nearest police station.

Sergeant Kwashirai 2Sensing danger, the two fled in their vehicle but were involved in an accident before they could make good their escape. Sgt Kwashira, unlike his colleague, failed to outshine his pursuers.

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Said Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba: “Yes, I am aware that the police officer has been arrested. He will go to court like any other suspect.”

She could not be drawn into disclosing the charges under which the cop will be charged. Police sources said the cop was found in possession of a fake fine book and $800 cash.

He was by yesterday still assisting Kuwadzana police with investigations, while his damaged vehicle was taken to Southerton Traffic police. The picture of Sgt Kwashirai’s arrest and being driven on the back of a pick-up truck went viral yesterday on social media. The picture showed Sgt Kwashirai seated in the truck flanked by members of the public without his service hat.

Another motorist who declined to be named for fear of being victimised, said police were supposed to inform the public on what constituted a legal road block or a check point for them to distinguish fake and genuine ones.

Sergeant Kwashirai 3“What amazes me is some of the officers at these road blocks do not display their force numbers, while others refuse to disclose their names, titles and stations they are based. For instance at the intersection of Alpese and Harare Drive new Pomona Baracks some traffic cops left my car unattended after they had told me to leave the vehicle to get the $20 fine they demanded for displaying wrong reflectors.

“When I returned 15 minutes later they had left the scene and valuables in my car were unattended. Why did they run away leaving the money they wanted. I suspected the road blocks at this point are always unsanctioned. Please protect us from these corrupt officers, what kind of policing is this?” the motorist asked.

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  • ZRP

    who will police the police

    • cop


  • sambiri

    Country on brink of collapse. Everywhere its talking the walk since 1980.

  • Ziso

    hahaha great job by the motorist

  • g.d

    These guys took advantage of poor management by those in charge of police. Bosses should have taken note of this unless they are part of it

  • Bunthu

    Batai munhu.

  • Reggie

    Avondale Police is another one…..kaskinny Officer kanonyatso vhura backdoor ko demander $20…..ludicrous

  • SimonPetere

    What hope is left in Zimbabwe. …it’s now the citizens arresting law enforcement agents. We are surely not going anywhere. This is not all …80% of the roadblocks are not known by the bosses ..I guess they will be manning their own gold holes along dome highways . All the best maZimba

  • Jimmy


  • Nyandoro Kunzwi

    ZRP must block all illegal road blocks. Government should take this seriously. The public is losing confidence in our police services daily. With all the hardships in this country how can those entrusted with law enforcement degenerate to such stinking unlawful level?

  • blar tindo

    Nyikaaaaa yamaichemeraaaaaaaaaaa hona yaita mamvemveeeeeeeee ….jani jani iweeeeeeeee bereka mwana tiendeeeeeeee nyika yamaichemeraaaaaaaaa

  • Wezhira Wezheve Wezhowezhowe

    Most of these road blocks are almost always dubious.This issue of spot fines is promoting a lot of corrupt activities by these cops

  • Ndinevimbo

    Given the public mood against corruption and widespread publicity surrounding this incident, we may see thousands of police officers at alleged fake roadblocks arrested by angry citizens and frog-marched off to the nearest police station to prove their legitimacy.
    To avoid such contestation the obvious solution is to totally ban spot cash fines and make it mandatory to issue tickets to be paid within 7 days at official centers, together with all police having to obligatorily wear visible badges with names and police numbers and present their IDs for citizens to note down before any fine ticket is issued.
    The police should be forced to adopt the same methods as most civilised nations, whereby police have communication and information technology support to easily identify potential suspects to remove any puerile excuse to justify a cash fine. Are $15 smart phones from India equipped with the right software really beyond the means of Police authorities for each official roadblock?

  • Observer gonzo

    $800 – Fake book! If mounted daily this guy earns more than any CEO in the country – hands down! How many books are in circulation right now at both bogus and “genuine” roadblocks countrywide?

    Many have said it before that fining and handling of cash should be separated. With computerization, much more money fined will make its way to the correct custody. But somehow, there seems to be hesitation – just like the hesitation we saw before the licencing system was computerized.


    The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs should get to the bottom of this illegal act. This is very unacceptable in our police force in Zimbabwe. Its so sad indeed.

  • ndini

    Welcome to Mugabe country

  • josephmoto4

    Good stuff this, all dubious policemen and women look out, it’s now our time. Rusape police between Nyazura and Rusape are thieving and bribe seeking. Those bastards need to be investigated

  • Alheit-nemoyowese

    Lets try ZNA as Police like in Mauritius. All ZRP to go home now.


    Personally i propose that spot fines be scrapped off henceforth OR at least all payments be made at the nearest police station.

  • Hondo

    Kkkkkkkkkk pakaipa

  • Humphrey

    let them rot in chikurubi for a taste of their own medicine. hahahahaahahha

  • Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire

    big up to the citizens, Zimbabwe will become like my country Zaire

  • Rawboy

    Fact that said mupurisa had a fake fine book means there must be a fair few of these fake fine books floating around the country hey! And whats to prevent them being used on real road blocks?

    And what’s a wrong reflector?! Don’t most vehicles have manufacturer fitted reflectors nowadays?

  • manhize chikapakapa

    mapurisa imombe dzevanhu

  • Isac Hunt

    please please lets set a trap at VID, people can only get a licence after paying $150-$200

  • felix handover

    the mistake they made was to run away, they should have politely let the person go

  • solo

    spot fines must be abolished.