Churches Turn A Deaf Ear On Government Ban Of Public Gatherings

Several churches defied a government ban on public gatherings and continued worshiping in the face of a stepped-up campaign to prevent the spread of cholera. The Zimbabwe Republic Police issued a ban on all public gatherings and illegal food vending to control the spread of cholera, which has killed over 30 people in the Harare.

Police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday declined to comment why the ban was not being enforced on churches, referring the matter to Harare City Council (HCC), saying ZRP had concluded the issue already.

Harare City Council corporate communications manager Michael Chideme also declined to comment.

Said Chideme:

If you know that the police banned public gatherings, contact the police and not council

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Cholera Outbreaks in ZimbabweZimbabwe Republic PoliceHarare City Council

Cholera is an acute epidemic infectious disease. It is characterized by watery diarrhea, extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes, and severe dehydration. It can be fatal. Read More About Cholera Outbreaks in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

The Harare City Council is an administrative body tasked with providing services for residence of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Among other duties, the council is responsible for providing clean drinking water, housing and accomodation, refuse collection facilities and health services. Read More About Harare City Council

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