A Bindura man was on February 10 arrested for attempting to bribe a police officer to avoid Covid-19 enforcement action.
Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said the man attempted to bribe a police officer with US$10 after he was arrested for breaching Covid-19 regulations at Madziwa Business Centre.
“The money was taken as an exhibit,” Nyathi said in a statement.
The arrest came as a breath of fresh air for law enforcement agents who have come under heavy criticism for demanding bribes from people who pass roadblocks, stay out past curfew, and want to leave quarantine centers.
On February 8, a total 3 282 people had been arrested for various Covid-19 violations, of those, 935 were for failing to wear masks.
The following day, a total of 3 671 people were arrested for Covid-19 related violations, of those 1 077 were for failing to wear masks.
Since the onset of the Covid-19 national lockdown on March 30 2020, at least 417 833 people have been arrested countrywide for infringing national lockdown measures, mostly for movement restrictions and failure to wear face masks.
“Police will continue to enforce these lockdown measures and all those caught on the wrong side will only have themselves to blame. The safety, security and health of all Zimbabweans is everyone’s responsibility,” Nyathi said.
Elsewhere, police said four people were arrested in connection with theft of maize at Grain Marketing Board Centenary on February 4.
“The suspects connived with security guards at the grain store to load bags of maize above the ordered number into a truck destined for Chawarura Village. A tip off was made to the Police leading to their arrest,” Nyathi said.