Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has reported that six people were arrested in Manicaland in connection with smuggling 2nd-hand clothes. We present his statement in full below.
ZRP PRESS STATEMENT 21 April 2021
ARREST OF SMUGGLERS IN MANICALAND
The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of six suspects and the recovery of a contraband of shoes and clothes at Tsungubvi Bridge, Mutare on 20 April 2021, following an ambush by a combined Security Services team on a special operation against smuggling in Manicaland.
The team blocked the road as the suspects’ six vehicles tried to flee from the scene, resulting in two of the vehicles having their tyres shot. The two trucks were found abandoned later.
The Security Services team managed to stop two other trucks and the four occupants were arrested, while two other trucks were found dumped near Headlands. As the security service members were carrying out some investigations two men appeared and offered them a bribe of US$ 9 000-00 cash, leading to their arrest, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to six.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police will step up operations aimed at curtailing all illegal activities at all exit and entry points in the country.
[NYATHI. P] Assistant Commissioner Senior Staff Officer [Press, Public and International Relations] to the Commissioner-General of Police Police General Headquarters
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