Couriers cry foul over police roadblocks

Courier service providers have called on the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to engage the police and Vehicle Inspection Department to find a lasting solution to delays caused at roadblocks which are negatively affecting business efficiency in their “time-sensitive” operations.

BY Our Correspondent

Speaking at World Postal Day commemorations in Kadoma last week, commercial couriers representative, Desmond Mucheche said the sector faced numerous challenges, notably bottlenecks caused by third parties, chiefly the police and VID officials.

“In our industry we occasionally face some challenges that affect our time-sensitive operations. Timeous delivery is out of the hands of the courier companies and delays are caused by third parties,” said Mucheche, who is Swift’s key account manager.

“It is in cases like these where the governing body, Potraz, can assist with various issues at hand, namely roadblocks, spot fines and VID checks, to mention a few. Policing is important and companies do feel safer on the roads because of the police presence, but they can cause precious time delays.”

Speaking at the same event, Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa (pictured) said government was committed to promulgating and implementing legislation to level the playing field in the postal and courier sector.

Mutasa presented prizes to national winners of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) 43rd Edition International Letter Writing competition 2014.

Ebenezer Pamaso of Amaveni High School in Kwekwe, Donald Topersu of St Patrick’s and Moreblessing Katare of ZRP Tomlison came first, second and third respectively in the competition and walked away with cash prizes, shields and library materials for their schools.

The UPU, a specialised United Nations agency responsible for coordinating postal development activities worldwide, initiated the competition in 1971 which is open to pupils under 15 years to create an awareness of the existence of postal and courier services and foster friendship.

One Response to Couriers cry foul over police roadblocks

  1. Chimufaro October 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    It is interesting to note that courier services providers are trying to smear someone with their own shit. They are simply failing to do what they promise to do. At road blocks the police rarely stop vehicles such as theirs. They concentrate on kombis and bus. Unless they transport the articles on kombis, their blaming game can easily rest on them.

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