3-month weapons ban be­gins

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

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)

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