Chikomba—Chivhu ZRP has embarked on a fire-arm amnesty campaign where they are urging members of the public to return fire arms they are possessing illegally without fire-arm licenses.
Seven guns have so far been recovered in the district, Chivhu ZRP Commanding Officer Phillip Nyateka has said in an interview with The Mirror. Nyateka also appealed to members of the public who are unlawfully in possession of fire arms to voluntarily surrender them to the police.
Chivhu ZRP has been using all gatherings within the district to conduct an awareness campaign. Those who are in possession of guns unlawfully are being guaranteed they won’t be questioned or arrested when they surrender their guns.
“We are appealing to members of the public to voluntarily surrender their fire arms. Those who have unregistered guns must come forward and surrender them, we guarantee them that there won’t be any arrests or questioning,” said Nyateka.
In Article 12 of SADC protocol, there is a regional amnesty month for all unauthorized fire arm holders to voluntarily surrender fire arms which are illegally held. Zimbabwe’s fire arm amnesty commenced on the 8th of this month and runs until 30th of September.
Generally fire arms are held illegally by those with expired fire arm licenses, members of gun clubs who are no longer active, farmers, hunters and individuals who may be no longer practicing, firearms holders who died and their guns are inherited by their relatives. These arms are usually used in armed robberies and other heinous crimes.