3 504 people were arrested yesterday alone for violating lockdown regulations, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has said.
Of the 3 504 arrests made on Tuesday, 2 284 were for unnecessary movements and 815 were for failing to wear masks.
This brings to 458 251 the cumulative total arrests since the onset of the coronavirus lockdown nearly a year ago. ZRP said in a statement posted on Twitter:
The ZRP is warning members of the public against breaching the current COVID-19 regulations.
On 23/02/21, 3 504 people were arrested for breaching COVID-19 regulations, of those 2 284 were for unnecessary movements and 815 were for failing to wear masks.
Since the onset of COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, the cumulative total arrest is now at 458 251. Let’s stay safe and curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a “Twimbo” identifying himself as Kundai Kundai accused police of selective application of the law by targeting people from poor neighbourhoods for arrest while the well to do are allowed to move freely even past security checkpoints. He said:
All those people arrested are poor guys from the Ghetto, the rich guys are moving around even the police do nothing at roadblocks, they even use oncoming lanes.
All those people arrested are poor guys from the Ghetto, the rich guys are moving around even the police do nothing at road blocks, they even use oncoming lanes.
— Kundai Kundai (@KuKu09469158) February 24, 2021