Police chief spokesperson Commissioner Charity Charamba said they have arrested 1 100 people so far over violent protests that rocked the country last week.
The suspects were arrested in all the 10 provinces, with Bulawayo topping the list with 441 arrests. They were arrested for looting, malicious damage to property, assault, public violence, obstruction of movement of traffic among other offences. Two were arrested for murdering a policeman in Bulawayo. Charamba said of the 441 people arrested in Bulawayo, 118 were picked up for looting. At least 382 of the suspects have since appeared in court on various charges. In Harare, 249 people were arrested with 247 of them appearing before the courts this week, while two minor children were released into the custody of their parents.
Midlands province recorded 201 arrests and 95 of them paid admission of guilt fines, 93 were remanded in custody while 13 were still in police custody. Police arrested 121 in Mashonaland West province. In Mashonaland West, 49 have since paid admission of guilt fines. Manicaland recorded 30 arrests and the suspects have since appeared in court. In Matabeleland North, 11 people were arrested with one having been sentenced to six months in prison for public violence. Mashonaland East and Mashonaland Central recorded 21 and 16 arrests respectively, while five were arrested in Matabeleland South and eight in Masvingo.
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