Rumphi West Member of Parliament Jacqueline Kouwenhoven says Malawi traffic police officers are becoming agents of revenue collection for the government.
Speaking in Parliament, Kouwenhoven said officers are becoming more corrupt and government must look into trimming their number as well as getting another option of collecting revenue.
“I would like to ask government to consider a different option of collecting revenue on the road as at the moment traffic police officers are seen as a way of collecting revenue,” said Kouwenhoven.
But government Chief Whip Henry Mussa said traffic police officers are there to control traffic and curb crime, not as agents of revenue collection.
“Let me clarify that traffic police officers are not there to collect revenue for government but they are there to protect people,” said Mussa.
He added that there are different officers on the road, some are there to control traffic others to curb crime so as government they are not aware if the money that is collected on the road go to account number one.
In February this year, a local traffic police officer was caught on camera receiving a bribe from a white man at an undisclosed roadblock.