CHIVHU – Police in Chikomba district has issued a prohibition order banning the carrying of traditional weapons in public due to an upsurge in crime.
Officer commanding Chivhu District, Chief Superintendent Plaxedes Mbira said there is an increase in violence and murder cases related to the use of such weapons.
The order which is in the hands of The Mirror will run from July 1 to September 30, 2021.
Some of the banned weapons include catapults, machetes, knobkerries, axes, swords, knives and spears. Those who breach the law will face a six -month jail term.
The Police statement reads, “… hereby issue an order prohibiting the carrying of such weapons in Chivhu police district or any part thereof for a period not exceeding three months that is from 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021. For the avoidance of doubt its declared that in terms of Section 4(2) of Maintenance Of Peace And Order (M. O. P. A) Chapter 11:23; Any person failing to comply with such a prohibition made under Subsection (4) shall be guilty of an offense and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or imprisonment for six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.”