Obert Mpofu sleeping on the job!


Q & A

HON. CROSS: Mr. Speaker Sir, I asked the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development a few weeks ago the position regarding vehicles on the road without licence plates.  He told me in this august House that it was illegal.  I want to tell the Minister that daily there are vehicles parked here at Parliament in the official parking lot without licence plates.  I see vehicles on the roads without licence plates frequently.  Why on earth is action not being taken by the police?  If a vehicle is running around without a licence plate, you know what they are, sigebengas.  I think this matter should be attended to as a matter of urgently.

THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. GUMBO): Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. I would like to thank Hon. Cross for that question.  The Hon. Member is correct that he once asked the question and I did respond to it.  The answer is that the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development and the Ministry of Home Affairs are not the same.  The issue is now about enforcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs.  They are the ones that should not allow the cars to ply our roads without identification or number plates.  The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development only provides number plates, but the enforcement is done by the Ministry of Home Affairs.  I implore the Minister of Home Affairs to take action because he is not here. I will tell him that he should actually reign on his officials to enforce that regulation.  I thank you.

HON. MARIDADI:  Supplementary question.

THE ACTING SPEAKER:  Order, Hon. Maridadi.  Where does your supplementary arise from because he is saying he will liaise with the Minister?

HON. MARIDADI:  The supplementary question, Hon. Speaker, is that we know – especially now that it is time for elections and some of us that come from the opposition have cars without number plates following us all over the place and we know that these cars are from State Security.  It is not a secret and I think those that are parked in our car park here, are either Isuzu or Nissan Vehicles that do not have numbers and they are owned by State Security, CIO, and we know that.


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