Fracas as VID officers award licence to driver without her going through required testing procedures


VID officials in court for illegally awarding driver’s license

Three officials from the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) were brought before the Chinhoyi Magistrates’ Court on charges of criminal abuse of office. Gerald Chitete, Silas Mabaso Zamba, and Doniel Mhlanga stand accused of unlawfully granting a class four driver’s license to an applicant without conducting the necessary testing procedures.

According to a statement issued by the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ), the trio, who are employed by the VID, were responsible for examining student drivers through yard and road tests. However, it is alleged that they showed undue favouritism towards Linda Rwauya, the applicant in question, by awarding her a driver’s license without her undergoing the required testing procedure. This action is considered a breach of their duties as public officials.

The irregularity came to light when a whistle-blower brought the matter to the attention of the authorities. Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the three VID officials, who now face charges related to their alleged misconduct.

Following their appearance in court, the accused individuals were granted bail in the amount of US$200. The matter has been remanded to the 27th of March 2024.

The charges levelled against the VID officials highlight the importance of maintaining integrity and adherence to proper procedures within government institutions. Such actions not only compromise the credibility of the licensing system but also pose risks to road safety. By allegedly bypassing the necessary testing requirements, the accused officials undermined the purpose of driver’s license examinations, which are designed to ensure that individuals possess the necessary skills and knowledge to operate vehicles safely.

The case serves as a reminder of the significance of upholding ethical standards and the rule of law within public service.

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