MP accuses traffic officers of turning into revenue collectors

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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.

Jacqueline Kouwenhoven

Jacqueline Kouwenhoven says traffic police officers have become revenue collectors.

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.

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  2. I feel Traffic Police must be barred from collecting fines on the spot. This has brought a lot of corruption in the force. Some Police officers mount fake roadblocks to check Traffic when that are not sanctioned to do so. The Police must must only book and issue tickets and let the Courts be convicting to offenders and charge them. We appreciate the job they do but we don’t agree with the way they do it, some are very cruel and arrogant

  3. Haha alira a malawi. There should be a way of fining drivers and make them pay fines in thru banks. No cash exchange between police and drivers. If all the money was for the government then we would have been ok but mmm…. Most of it goes straight into their pockets man. And is it acceptable to stop more than one vehicle at a time? It is illegal in some other countries

  4. A Musa ndati funseko,galimoto yonyamula katundu yanyamula madengu atomato ndiye zipapezeka kuti akutiyimba eti mulandu woti wanyamula matola koma mwini wa madengu a tomatoyo wakwela bus,kodi madengu a tomato sikatundu?Malamulo ake ali pati bwana wa mkulu?

  5. Stupt trafic officers inseted of doing der duties dey take os busness of collect money ; yes its true wt Rumph west mp is saying ; not wt Henly mussa tellng us ; pano wa trafic akamachoka pa nseu ali ndi ma thousand ; ati kudyelela ntchito ; am promic u 1day GOD will punish u all;

  6. Stupt trafic officers inseted of doing der duties dey take os busness of collect money ; yes its true wt Rumph west mp is saying ; not wt Henly mussa tellng us ; pano wa trafic akamachoka pa nseu ali ndi ma thousand ; ati kudyelela ntchito ; am promic u 1day GOD will punish u all;

  7. Help me plz kodi wrong parking.FINE ndi makwacha angati? Nanga athafiki akamkugwira using deya cruiser amaima pa parking zone kapena bus stage?

  8. Abale anga musakhale ogona a traffic opannda galimoto amayenda pa njiga ya kapalasa jelasi akakwela galimoto yaboma bwanji osangwaloza mukuwopa chain

  9. hopefully zamveka, anthu amenewa akutizunza as if kukhala ndi galimoto kulakwa,umva ati mlandu wanu its 10,000, iwe bulb la brake lomweli ? umbava , ali ndi ma target awo anthumba

  10. This mp is right these so called traffic police officers are thiefs and manyazi alibe always tigayileni ya fanta dzuwa osamawapatsa akhaule those who are saying this mp ndiwakunja you don’t know in her constuency pipo love her so much and she’s developing the constituency yet akudawo they are buzy stealing constituency funds

  11. Guys, I think Malawi24 is a very good platform for discussing pertinent issues. Well, having read your concerns,I still feel I haven’t exhausted what I had.
    It is a disgrace for a whole Chief Whip to refute that traffic police officers have turned into revenue collector. In fact guys, let’s dwell on the subject of corruption amongst police officers. To be frank it is the whole police service which is corrupt. You go on the road, a police traffic officer will ask for bribes. Roadblocks are mounted to collect money for fending their families.No wonder we witness deadly road accidents on the rise. You will be shocked to see a minibus exceeding the capacity but easily passing a roadblock. What’s your duty? corruption!
    Just get bewitched to find yourself behind their cells, you will not come out until you cough out every single coin on you. Corruption! And as soon as you are released meet such police officers on the way they will ask for your alms as a token of appreciation. Corruption! They do not even feel ashamed of asking for alms. They have turned into beggers.

  12. #Shadreck.Phiri: How can u say there is no Accountability when the Police issues a General Receipt? So u mean u don’t knw tht every Police station has got an Administration & Accounts Department? Learn to do the research before posting rubbish to the public.

    • While there is some truth in your comments, bear in mind that Malawi Traffic Police is not a business entity. They have core values, objectives, mission etc which are contrary to what these guys do on the roads. are u trying to tell the public that the duty of administration and accounts department in any government section is to make money for the government? have u ever noticed kuti ma driver a minibus amapita ku traffic police kudula General receipt, kuyenda pa nseu osagwidwa while exceeding bus capacity? is that what traffic department is supposed to be doing?

    • Its you who need research here coz u dont understand the situation on the ground. Issuance of a general receipt is not a guarantee of accountability as the system has so many loopholes of abuse at every level. For ur own information these traffic cops do not even issue receipts at all in most cases. They rush into negotiations to cash in whatever is on offer into their pockets.

    • The guy must be a policeman himself that’s why he is shielding these thieves, besides he has never been driving on Malawi roads so just stop commenting nonsense

  13. The traffic police is doing a commendable job on our roads, but they are corrupt ! I think our government must stop them from receing cash for all road penalties this will minimise corruption.

  14. The traffic police is doing a commendable job on our roads, but they are corrupt ! I think our government must stop them from receing cash for all road penalties this will minimise corruption.

  15. Apart from MPs am also accussing these traffic officers as well,pipo i have done my own investigations but Zomba traffic officers are the worst eeeeish,its too much! i think the best way for the Government should construct tall gates,to avoid unnecessary fair collection these traffic officers are doing

  16. Africa has a very big problem, police officers are indeed exposed to jobs which are not within their jurisdiction, thus why they are theives and most corrupt. They steal from every one of us, the chief executive officer for mra must incorporation with government must really take serious action to protect tax invasion. Why should police do that and how do they account of the money they collect. If this continues you will be promoting theft because any police officer can collect for his pocket.

  17. Every Arm of Government has a section of Revenue Collection & they issue a General Receipt which means it’s not illegal, it’s actually legalized by the country’s constitution. Unless people stop offending the traffic rules, the Police wil have nothing to fine the motorists. I wud expect the law maker to knw ths better. I think ths MP wud have bin more sensible to ask the Government to consider constructing the Tarmac road from Rumphi Boma to Hewe, in which her Constituency wud the more beneficiary of the project. Next time we won’t allow foreigners to represent us in PARLIAMENT.

    • Your comments were perfect, ONLY to have them messed up with plenty of shit at the end- Having named the Hon MP as a FOREIGNER. You would earn a Citizenship right elsewhere in the World, so long u followed the Right Procedures. Please, ask the Hon Member that you are Sorry to refer her to a Foreigner.

    • I think her constituency like her from long time ago because of the Charity work she has been doing, not being in a community to reap from it but that she has been doing a lot for it, she was appropriately crown MP because ‘amaitha’ ena amadzikundikira okha ndalama zoti constituency members anayenera kupindula. I like this MP.

    • Tswangirai MUST be very foreign than the Rumphi MP he/she refers to as foreign. Most of us Malawians are here where we now are because of these Malawian foreign settlers. BESIDES, what benefit has this TSWANGIRAI to Malawi? Shame!

    • While there is some truth in your comments, bear in mind that Malawi Traffic Police is not a business entity. They have core values, objectives, mission etc which are contrary to what these guys do on the roads. are u trying to tell the public that the duty of administration and accounts department in any government section is to make money for the government? have u ever noticed kuti ma driver a minibus amapita ku traffic police kudula General receipt, kuyenda pa nseu osagwidwa while exceeding bus capacity? is that what traffic department is supposed to be doing?

    • Ur Comment Seems Sounding But It Has Some Fucking Elements That Qualifies U To Be Part Of The Problem.Note That This Is Malawi But Traffic Officers Regard This Country As Theirs.If They Work According To Laws Then They Need To Be Revised Coz In Mponela They Start Stopping At 5 Am.They Roam Using Unregistered Car,they Charge Fine Without Issueing Receipts So Does That Mean Good Job?Dont Talk As If U Are Aforiegner And If It Is So Leave Us Complain About Our Malawi We Need To Enjoy The Same Harmony.They Need To Work By The Policy Not Personal.

    • hey mumbaira semo ur comments were perfect indeed at de start bt u mess it. ur notority is jst de same as that ov a goat. I suggest u shud educate urself.

    • MUNGAYANKHULE chichewa inu? Pamaso pa panel ya anthu 4 mwakomenta coz iz eng . Plz Dpt Home Affairs 4 dis Guy I dout his eng .let m produce his birth cert

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  19. Henry Mussa himself can’t feel the heat coz he is covered,his personal cars have a VIP disc on the windscreen whilst his other cars driven by drivers,can’t be caught,its only us the unknown who suffer

  20. I totally agree with MP for Rumphi West that police traffic offers have turned into revenue collecters. Why refute the truth? Why do some of these police officers carry receipt books and receive cash from would be offenders. We understand they are given targets. In fact they have not only turned into revenue collectors but thieves. The police service is the most corrupt government institution.