Tuesday, 16 August 2016


POLICE in Masvingo have banned the carrying of traditional weapons in public places as part of measures to guard against their abuse in political violence.

A notice published on August 5 and signed by acting district police commander, Superintendent Philip Ncube, said the ban would remain in force for the next three months.
The weapons include catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives, daggers or any traditional weapons.

Part of the notice read: “I, Superintendent Philip Ncube, am the acting officer commanding police, Masvingo district, hence the regulating authority for Masvingo district, ie, Masvingo Central, Masvingo Rural, Chikato, Rujeko, Renco and Muchakata policing areas.

“Due to the current disturbances prevailing in the district, I do hereby advise that I wish to invoke Section 14 of the Public Order and Security Act, Chapter 11;17 and the provision contained therein.

“I, therefore, wish to prohibit the carrying in public, whether openly or by concealment in a public place or public thoroughfare or public display of weapons listed here-under, for three months as guided by the Act, period commencing 5 August 2016.”

Masvingo Central district covers Masvingo urban while Masvingo rural encompasses Nemamwa, Mashava, some parts of BikIta and areas around Gokomere Mission.

The ban came in the wake of threats of violence from some citizens through social media opposed to President Robert Mugabe’s governance.

Masvingo provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Charity Mazula, could not be reached for an official comment yesterday to clarify the alleged latest threats of violence in Masvingo province. newsday


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