The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is conducting rapid compliance checks at the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) offices around the country following allegations of massive corruption at the department in the issuing of number plates and licence discs.
In an interview with State media, ZACC spokesperson Chamunorwa Murava said ZACC is determined to eradicate all forms of corruption at CVR. Said Murava:
The ZACC Compliance and System Review team is on the ground doing rapid compliance checks at the Central Vehicle Registry department. The exercise is thorough in light of the public outcry.
This process will help us come up with viable recommendations that will improve efficiency at the department.
Once the exercise is complete, we will issue a statement on the findings and recommendations.
The acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Amos Amos said:
So far 7 759 number plates in total have been issued, the CVR has issued 3 492, ZIMRA 1 680 and ZimPost 2 587.
We are targeting 1 500 per week until April 2022 when plate material stocks are exhausted.
We are ordering more material in March 2022 to cover the remainder of the year.
CVR employees are accused of demanding bribes and this has caused unnecessary delays in the issuing of the plates.
On 15 January, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) launched an operation targeting unlicensed and unregistered motor vehicles and as of Friday, about 20 000 arrests had been made.