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Chihuri outfoxes Parliament


Chihuri outfoxes Parliament

POLICE Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri yesterday failed to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport after he was summoned to explain the heavy police presence on most roads and the controversy surrounding payment of spot fines.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

 

Committee chairperson Dextor Nduna (Zanu PF Chegutu West MP) confirmed the development, saying the police chief had gone for a security briefing with President Robert Mugabe.

“The Commissioner-General has apologised for his non-attendance today (yesterday) and we have interrogated the issue with Parliament administration,” he said.

“We will have to schedule another day for the hearing because Chihuri gives briefs to the Head of State President Robert Mugabe every Monday morning and so he could not attend the committee meeting.”

The issue of spot fines has become an emotive one, with motorists complaining that they are charged for frivolous road crimes, while others say the heavy police presence on most roads was distracting traffic flow.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba last week said that they were planning to reduce the number of roadblocks, but insisted spot fines would remain in place to curb lawlessness on the roads.