Police have issued prohibition orders for carrying dangerous weapons in public areas due to the increase in cases of crimes of assaults, robbery, murder, rape, and cases where carried weapons are being used in the commission of crimes in the Midlands Province.
Officers Commanding Police Gokwe and Kwekwe Districts have issued a ban on using weapons such as machetes, knobkerries, swords, knives, spears or daggers, catapults, and other offensive weapons or other traditional weapons.
Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said the reason for the ban was to help curb the high crime rates.
“The reason of these Prohibition Orders is to curb crimes of assaults, robbery, murder, and rape were carrying of weapons may be used in the commission of crime”, he said
Chief Superintendent Tsitsi Chikono issued a prohibition notice for areas under Gokwe District, running from 22 October 2021to 19 January 2022.
Chief Superintendent Denford Maingire issued the notice for areas under Kwekwe District, covering the period 18 October 2021 to 17 January 2022.
“We are appealing to members of the community to comply with the order and to report all those they see in possession of any weapons at their nearest police station”, Mahoko added.
The notices were issued in terms of section 4(1) of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act Chapter 11:23.
According to Section 4 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act Chapter 11:23 “any person failing to comply with such a prohibition shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 5 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such a fine and imprisonment”.