The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over reports that some members of the public were wearing face masks branded with the ZRP logo.
ZRP issued a statement noting that those caught on the wrong side of the law would be charged under Section 66 of the Police Act, Chapter 11. Reads the statement:
This headquarters had noted with great concern that some members of the public are putting on masks inscribed with a police logo and a badge.
Members of the public are tarnishing the image of the organisation by abusing the facemasks inscribed with a police logo and a badge STOP Section 66 of the Police Act Chapter 11.10 states that any person who wears any uniform or distinctive barge or button of the police service or anything or anything which may reasonably be mistaken for any such uniform CMM badge or be as likely to deceive CMM barge unless he is a member of the police force entitled to wear such uniform CMM barge or button shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment STOP.
The ZRP directed producers of police inscribed masks to “stop forthwith” adding that facemasks inscribed with a police logo and badge are to be confiscated from police members and the public.
ZRP added that it has no branded face masks yet, adding that those wearing such masks were merely impersonating the police.