By Simbarashe Mlambo
Mutare – In an effort to combat a surge in violent crimes and protect public safety, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in Mutare rural has imposed a ban on the carrying of dangerous weapons in public.
The move comes in response to an increase in criminal offenses involving the use of weapons such as machetes, knobkerries, knives, spears, axes, and catapults.
The prohibition order, which was put into effect on May 15, will remain in place until August 15. Officer Commanding Mutare Rural District, Chief Superintendent Plaxedes Mbira, explained the rationale behind the ban.
“We have realized that crime has increased in Mutare Rural District, and this is a cause for concern. Armed robberies, murders, assault, and unlawful entry have become rampant, and these crimes are committed using dangerous weapons.”
Chief Superintendent Mbira further emphasized the seriousness of the prohibition order.
“I, therefore, issue an order prohibiting the carrying of such weapons in the mentioned area or any part thereof; that is from May 15 to August 15. Any person who fails to comply with this prohibition order shall be guilty of an offense of contravening Section 4 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act and can be fined or imprisoned for a period not exceeding six months.” Chief Superintendent Mbira said
The police are urging the public to cooperate and support the ban in order to maintain peace and uphold the law.
Chief Superintendent Mbira concluded by urging the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.
“We need the assistance of the public to effectively combat these crimes. Together, we can create a safe and secure environment for everyone in Mutare Rural District,” she added.