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Zimbabwe police smash windows of illegal taxis


By TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI
Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- On the outskirts of Zimbabwe's capital, a taxi minivan drives on a dirt road toward a man in a police uniform who suddenly thumps the windshield with a club, cracking the glass and making those inside the vehicle cringe at the blow.

Such a scene, which was witnessed recently by an Associated Press journalist, has happened often in Harare in past months in what authorities acknowledge is a growing problem of rogue behavior by some police officers. It is compounded by an illegal industry of private taxis, many of which are in poor condition and flout basic rules of the road, putting passengers and pedestrians alike in danger.

Some taxi drivers, who ferry people in the absence of a reliable public transport system, say they are being targeted by corrupt police who smash windows of moving vehicles as retribution for failure to pay a bribe.

Charity Charamba, a spokeswoman for the national police, said the force is committed to eradicating corruption within its ranks and that any officers who smash windscreens are breaking the law and should be reported to authorities.

The upheaval on the roads sometimes has fatal consequences. There have been numerous reports of drivers of illegal taxis, also known as "kombis," speeding away dangerously to evade arrest and getting into accidents.

Last month, a 3-year-old boy, Neil Tanatswa Mutyora, was knocked down and killed by a commuter taxi that witnesses said was trying to get away from police. His father, Cuthbert Mutyiro, said police were at least partly responsible for the death of his son, who was buried in a cemetery along a highway.

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china.xpat May 17 2014 at 5:04 AM

Typical Negro race is all. Same thing happens in Detroit, Chicago,Atalanta, etc

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mark and sheri May 17 2014 at 1:02 AM

This country has been a Basket Case after a massive Redistribution of Wealth and Property was done. Farm land was given to Blacks who had no idea how to run a farm, and soon there was a food shortage. The Gov't is one of the most corrupt in Africa, constantly blaming EVERYTHING on Western Europeans. Of course the question is who invented the internal combustion engine, how to use electrical current, Atomic Fission? Not the native Africans of that area.
But of course, "FAIR REDISTRIBUTION" always works. Just look at the USSR. Whoops. They don't exist any more. Well, you get the idea.

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Escalonz May 17 2014 at 1:08 AM

With Mugabe running the country any thing is possible. Zimbabwe was once a prosperous country and now it is in it's final death throws as a nation thanks to the insane and totally racist Mugabe. Sound familiar? A number of these African countries were better off under colonialism than their present corrupt governments.

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cohensemail Escalonz May 17 2014 at 1:20 AM

Sound familiar? What, your racism? yes, it does sound familiar. Just like the old Rhodesia.

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Escalonz cohensemail May 17 2014 at 10:33 AM

http://answersafrica.com/worst-dictators-africa.html....................This is why Africa is worse off than the colonial period but don't expect liberal academia to ad mitt to such un political correctness. If you think I am a racists because I state the facts fine but I defy you and your ilk to check out the current conditions of Africa post colonialism. Colonialism was evil for sure but today you have just as evil force as colonialism in charge that is even worse than colonialism if for no other reason it is Africans them selves who are doing the same damage to their own people

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heritagewars May 17 2014 at 1:13 AM

This would not have happened in Rhodesia.

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Jake Jackson May 17 2014 at 6:26 AM

U.S.A. has its fair share of crooked politicians. Hard to catch the slip[pery bass turds.
I tell my children, "If you keep lying, you'll grow up to be a politician." That scares the hell oout of them.

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pinchstuff May 17 2014 at 2:58 AM

Looks like Camden, but maybe it's Chicago. This is "legal" behavior in the US, but we frown upon it in Africa. DWB is the #1 crime in the US. DWH is catching up though.

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csptrans pinchstuff May 17 2014 at 4:06 AM

I, for one, did not understand anything in your post....I wonder if anyone else did. It does not look like "Camden or Chicago." It is NOT legal behavior in the U.S. DWB? You mean DWI or DWU?
Sorry, I'm confused.

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CPA11973 May 17 2014 at 1:54 AM

report crooked cops. hmm. wonder what the life expectancy of those people would be

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acaceca May 17 2014 at 9:43 AM

Due to our present administration you are getting a small glimpse of what it will eventually look like in the good old USA - think I am kidding? Home invasions, car jacking, kidnapping, mass shootings, illegal murdering immigrants, total lack of respect for law inforcement and life in general - Zimbabwe is where we are headed - aided immensely by the radical muslims who want to kill us all or make us switch to their cult they call a religion.......Africa in general is a poster child of what this will be like if we continue to allow unqualified people like our president and his thugs to run and ruin our country......

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Bill Giovanni Hildeb May 17 2014 at 10:00 AM

This shows you that Black rule in Africa has failed. Mugabe has totally detrosyed a once great and prosperous . Rhodesia was a land of beauty and wealth now it is xcalled Zimbabwe and it is a piece of trash. Maybe Obama can move there and help further to perscute the white minority. As the old saying goes: You can take them out of the trees, but you can't civilize them.

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thundt1775 Bill Giovanni Hildeb May 17 2014 at 10:54 AM

Judging by how Obama's mother laid up with an African, and judging by how white women get on with blacks on Jewish porn, I can imagine at least the white female population of Rhodesia couldn't have been too upset with blacks taking back that land or ANYTHING they wanted for that matter. Incidentally, Cecil Rhodes was a Jew. Jews consider themselves to be superior to "whites" but encourage racial division amongst poor people ( whites, blacks, browns,etc ) so the light is never focused on them. If you are going to attack somebody, attack your oppressor. Don't kid yourself, it is JEWS that are pulling the strings, not "whites" and CERTAINLY not "blacks".

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Lloyd thundt1775 May 17 2014 at 11:06 AM

Congratulations I think you just insulted everyone except Martians! I was taught that,.any time I began to feel that everyone else was in the wrong, it was time to inspect my own assumptions very carefully.

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Lynda Bill Giovanni Hildeb May 17 2014 at 11:01 AM

You really should take a class on being civil 101......Your Mother would be so proud of you racist rant. Get a grip!

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bobgaul120 May 17 2014 at 6:51 AM

These guys better be careful O'Bummer will draw them a red line. They'll be sorry.

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hccbillandpat bobgaul120 May 17 2014 at 8:03 AM

I sure hope Obummer will go to Africa and draw his red line (more probably yellow line) and then NOT be able to return here. His actions and seemingly his heart belong in Africa. No need to beat around the bush about it. lol

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Larry hccbillandpat May 17 2014 at 9:08 AM

Always some idiots bringing American politics into a story where there is none. You two need to get a life.

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Paul hccbillandpat May 17 2014 at 9:14 AM

Obumer is an African American but more African than American. Actually his father was half Black and half Arab Muslim. Of course he is a Muslim too. As far as Zimbabwe used to be Rhodesia is now one of the poorest country in the World, since Robert Mugabe took power there. Most people are starving while it was Rhodesia that country was exporting food from their rich cultivated farm land. So what happened?

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