Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau
POLICE in Beitbridge have banned the carrying of dangerous weapons in an attempt to curb an increase in violent crimes especially murder and robberies.
The ban will be from May 1 to May 31.
In a public notice on Wednesday, the police officer commanding Beitbridge district, chief superintendent Tichaona Nyongo said the temporary prohibition notice was made in line with the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (chapter 11:23).
He said the carrying of catapults, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives or daggers was banned during the prohibition period.
“We have noted with concern a surge in crime and so far, we have recorded 50 cases of murder (01), attempted murder (12) and robbery (23), assault (14) where dangerous weapons were used since the beginning of the year to date,” said Chief Supt Nyongo.
“We want to warn the public that carrying of such prohibited weapons during the prohibited period will result in arrests and accused persons will be taken to court. Kindly note that we are doing this for public safety”.
He said the carrying of such weapons by community elders in terms of culture will not attract any criminal action against them.
In terms of the prohibition order, those who would fail to comply will be arrested and the weapons will be confiscated.
Article Source: The Chronicle