3-month weapons ban begins
POLICE in Masvingo have prohibited the public possession of dangerous weapons for three months due to threats of violence.
In a notice entitled, “Temporary prohibition of certain weapons within Masvingo Central District,” Acting Officer Commanding Police Masvingo Central District Superintendent Phillip Ncube said the ban was effective from August 5 and will run until November 5.
He said the carrying or displaying of weapons in public places was prohibited during that period.
Supt Ncube said the order was made under the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).
“I, Superintendent Phillip Ncube, am the Acting Officer Commanding Police, Masvingo Central District , hence the regulating authority for Masvingo Central District ,that is; Masvingo Central, Masvingo Rural, Chikato, Rujeko, Renco and Muchakata policing areas.
“Due to the current threats of 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,” said Supt Ncube in a statement.
He said the police are guided by the Constitution in enforcing the temporary ban. Supt Ncube gave a list of the prohibited weapons.
“The weapons include catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives or any traditional weapons. The prohibition is effective from August 5, 2016 to — November 5, 2016,” he said.
A number of cyber terrorists have in recent months been circulating messages on social media bent on destabilising the country through street marches. Some western embassies have been exposed for sponsoring groups and individuals bent on causing mayhem in the country.
Security agencies have since warned people not to be involved in criminal activities as they are ready to defend the peace prevailing in the country. — @ walterbmswazie2
A free range chicken suspected to have fallen off a moving vehicle wanders along George Silundika Street in Bulawayo yesterday. (Picture by Eliah Saushoma)