In a statement issued on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Chief Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations) Charity Charamba denied that they are investigating individuals for using VPN during the internet shutdown.
Charamba warned that those misusing the social media, peddling lies in the name of ZRP face arrest and prosecution. We publish the full statement below:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to inform the general public that a cries:sage circulating on social media purported to have originated from the ZRP advising certain members of the public that they are being investigated by the police on unauthorized use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) is fake.
In the fake message, some members of the public arc being advised to surrender their passports and any other travelling documents in their possession to police and to advise the police of any of their travel arrangements. Members of the public are advised to disregard the message as it does not originate from the ZRP. The ZRP does not communicate through unofficial and unverified social media accounts.
ZRP wishes to warn those misusing the social media, peddling lies in the name of ZRP that they face arrest and prosecution.