ZRP arrests hundreds for violating lockdown regulations

  • City loiters arrested
  • Those found without clearance documents arrested, made to pay fines

POLICE in Harare on Thursday went about arresting residents who were aimlessly walking around the central business district (CBD).

Prior to the arrests, government had warned residents to stay at home during the COViD-19 21- day lockdown period which began on Monday.

A survey by Zim Morning Post revealed that many residents were deliberately defying the government directive for them to stay at home.

Those arrested for loitering were made to pay ZWL200 before being released.

Zimbabwe Republic Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told Zim Morning Post that the police earlier on Thursday had dispersed hordes of people at Zesa Wayne Street, Roadport Bus Terminal and the Avenues area where crowds had failed to maintain social distancing so that they minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Those arrested were asked to pay the designated fine as admission of guilty in accordance with the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

“The police will use (minimum) force so that people maintan social distancing as per government directive.

“We urge people to maintain social distancing so that we prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The police will not hesitate to implement the law that requires people to maintain social distancing.

“We urge people to walk with their exemption notices that permit them to go to work.

“If they fail to produce the documents, they will be arrested and made to pay a fine,” Nyathi said.

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