By Gwendoline Mugauri
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Joram Gumbo has launched a clampdown on the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) and driving schools in the country, with the objective to eradicate all sources of corruption during issuance of driver’s licenses.
The initiative is part of targets within the ministry’s 100day plan.
Addressing journalists during a media briefing held in the capital yesterday, Minister Gumbo acknowledged the rampant corrupt activities currently haunting the driver licensing sector and vowed to deal with the problem from the source.
“Let me just tell you that it is now not going to be business as usual as far as VID is concerned. They are the source of all the problems that we have. Driving schools have been roped in and now it is now an industry yangofanana nekukorokoza.
“Every time, I am always mentioned as the one with officials who are corrupt and I cannot allow that to continue. The public domain is awash with reports of Instructors who act as conduits in the alleged corrupt practice. It is alleged that corrupt instructors mention the bribe to a learner driver, collect it and pass it to an equally corrupt VID examiner. They obvious share the loot.
“It is not only immoral but criminal to issue a drivers license in that manner,” said Minister Gumbo.
He went further to give a 100day ultimatum for the Instructors to stop corruption or risk dismissal from duty and subsequent prosecution.
Minister Gumbo also castigated bogus driving schools that have flooded the country and ordered that they be de-registered. He went further to ask the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe to publish the list of all the registered driving schools for transparency purposes.
Also speaking at the same occasion, Traffic Safety Council Board Chairman Engineer Albert Mugabe said government had to equally deal with learners who offer bribes to driving school instructors, fueling the scourge of corruption.
In response, the Vehicle Inspection Department Director Mr Johannes Pedzapasi said they are in the process of devising measures aimed at curbing corruption within the system.