The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has implored members of the public to adhere to the regulations announced by the government to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the level of recklessness displayed by Zimbabweans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic was worrisome. He said:
The Covid-19 pandemic presents to us a situation where we are all required to act responsibly. The manner in which most people are behaving in public spaces is concerning.
People need a police officer to tell them to wear a mask. At checkpoints, many people in a bus are seen not wearing a mask, yet it is an enclosed space.
It all comes back to us as individuals. People want to ensure they are not arrested but are not thinking of ensuring their safety.
As police, we call for a change of attitude and behaviour from the citizens. Officers are there to enforce the law and to protect the public.
Do not wear a mask only because there is a police officer in sight. Wear it for your safety and that of the next person.
People are just not practising social distancing. It is worrying. You walk into a supermarket, people do not want to leave spaces in between each other when queuing.
Everywhere people want to be policed, monitored and told what to do. It is not right. This is not a time to be doing something right only in front of the police.
We are in new world order and in order for us to survive and also to protect the lives of our fragile loved ones at home, the public is urged to comply with Covid-19 safety regulations.
As at Monday, 10 August 2020, 133 407 people had been arrested countrywide for disregarding COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Harare Metropolitan Province has the highest number of offenders (28 407), followed by Manicaland at (24 882) and Bulawayo (17 269).