The Zimbabwe Republic Police in Hwange District has banned the carrying of dangerous weapons in public for the next three months amid concern over the prevalence of crimes such as murder, robbery and assault in the area.
In a statement, officer commanding Hwange police district Chief Superintendent Smart Matongo said the prohibition order will run from this month until the end of August.
He added that unanticipated acts of violence resulting in murder, attempted murder, robberies and assault had resulted in police issuing the prohibition order in terms of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act.
“Being the regulating authority for Hwange Police District, I do hereby in terms of Section 02(4) of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act Chapter 11:23, prohibit the carrying or possession of the following weapons in a public place or public thoroughfares within Hwange Police District whether openly or by concealment or public display of catapults, spears, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives, daggers, stones, or items capable of use as weapons or traditional weapon for whatsoever occasion and might cause public disorder or breach of peace, ” said Chief Supt Matongo.
Hwange police district covers areas around Hwange, Binga, Dete, Lusulu, Kamativi and Siabuwa.
Nevertheless, Superintended Matongo gave a stern warning that anyone who acts contrary to the order shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.
The Superintendent emphasized that any person who fails to comply with the prohibition order shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both.