POLICE roadblocks will only be enforced after the morning rush-hour period between 6.30am and 10am to “enforce lockdown and keep people safe”.
In a message on his Twitter handle, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana, however, said the curfew remains from 6.30pm to 6am.
“The current enforcement of lockdown measures has been reviewed. Roadblocks will only start after the rush hours of 6.30am to 10am. Between 10am and 6.30pm, there will be roadblocks whose purpose is to enforce the lockdown and keep people safe. Curfew remains 6.30pm to 6am.”
There was a menacing traffic logjam along Seke Road Tuesday morning, with police roundly criticized for what motorists said was an unreasonable roadblock. Traffic extended all the way to Chikwanha to Hunyani Bridge where the police were camped.
Engineers also queried whether it was prudent for police to let traffic stand ontop of the bridge for so long.
“From a purely structural engineering point of view, we could have strained the bridge way beyond normal capacity by letting loaded vehicles park right on top of it for hours,” one observer said.
Others pointed to the loss in business hours considering the reduced operating hours as well as the fact that most motorists driving to Harare are essential services already.