Heavy presence of police in CBD …..as govt anticipates demos

There is notable heavy presence of police in the central business district this  Wednesday  as reports reaching us suggests that the  Zimbabwe Republic Police has deployed officers hotspots in the CBD to conduct patrols, surveillance and stop and search following some social media articles inciting citizens to embark on illegal demonstrations.

Police are on high alert in anticipation of the protests and violence following loud chorus of violent threats coming from Movement for Democratic Change Alliance youth leaders.

A survey around the CBD by this reporter shows that police are positioned at strategic locations which were usually the ‘epicentres’ of violence in the previous demos.

Anti-riot police also seem to have  been provided with new protective apparel and weapons in anticipation of the threats being peddled via social media platforms.

Lately, there has been general discontent as a result of shortage of bread, fuel price hike and transport blues.

A loaf of bread is going for as much as RTG$6.80 while the black market rate was trading to up to $1USD –RTGS$1000 on Tuesday.

Government has however read a riot act to profiteering businesspeople and errand fuel dealers.

ZRP spokesperson Senior Assistant Paul Nyathi was not available for to shed more light as his mobile phone went unanswered on Wednesday.