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    Corruption in Masvingo driving schools under 100-day spotlight


    MASVINGO – The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) and the Vehicle Inspection Department have expressed grave concern at the level of corruption in Masvingo when it comes to taking driver's licences.
    Senior officials from both organisations told a meeting they held for 35 driving schools in the City that corruption is rampant in the town and this is one of the issues that Government has put under spotlight in the first 100 days of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's tenure in office.
    A recent survey by The Mirror showed that nine out of 10 people who get driver's licences from Masvingo are paying a bribe of $250 for class 4 licences which is understood to be shared between the driving school and the VID inspectors. Some driving schools have for the past three years been making super profits as the amounts are not taxed.
    This is a truth that is known by Government but there has been no coherent programme of action to root out the scourge. One analyst who declined to be named told The Mirror that getting a licence through bribes has become the way in Masvingo and the rest of Zimbabwe.
    Recently Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo promised to dismiss all VID officials if corruption does not stop at their depots.
    TSCZ Director for Operations, Research and Marketing Proctor Utete told driving school owners at the meeting not to accept bribes.
    He also said that learners for driver's licences have a right to demand the log sheet and see why they had failed if they get a fail mark.
    The two organisations said one of the reasons why there were many accidents on the roads was because drivers were not being tested for competency but were buying licences.
    Lovemore Masiyachengo from Harare VID in Harare called on inspectors to stop receiving bribes.
    "We should be transparent. There should be no bribes and anyone who sees an official receiving a kickback must immediately make a report", said Masiyachengo.
    TSCZ regional manager Georgina Mateta emphasised on ethics and urge driving schools to be professional all the time.
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