Nkayi ZRP Bans Carrying Of Dangerous Weapons In Public

The Zimbabwe Republic Police In Nkayi has banned members of the public in the area from carrying dangerous weapons in public for the next 3 months following an increase in violent crimes in the area, the Chronicle reports.

This was revealed in a statement that was released by the officer commanding Nkayi police district Chief Superintendent Rashayi Munoda who issued the prohibition order which will run from Tuesday, December 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021.

Being the officer commanding police Nkayi District and therefore being the regulating authority of the area, believe in reasonable grounds that the carrying of machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, daggers, knives, catapults or any traditional weapon whatsoever capable of use as a weapon in a public place or public thoroughfare or public display has resulted in the commission of crimes of murder, assault, robberies and attempted murder.

I therefore invoke the provisions of Section 04 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act Chapter 11:23 and hereby issue an order prohibiting carrying of the said weapons, causing public disorder and or breach of peace within my police district and do hereby prohibit the carrying of the aforementioned items for a period of three months beginning on 15 December 2020 to 15 March 2021 within Nkayi District.
The Superintendent said any person within Nkayi District who fails to comply with the prohibition order shall be guilty of an offense and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.
Cases of armed robbery have increased in some parts of the country, a development that was attributed to criminals coming home from down south during the lockdown by a government official.

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