By Auther Chimbgwa
Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga has implored the public to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas holidays taking into consideration the Covid-19 health and safety measures put in place by government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
In a statement Tuesday, Matanga warned those found violating Covid-19 safety measures including the curfew which starts from 2100hrs to 0600hrs the following day that the full wrath of the law will catch up with them.
“I have directed Officers Commanding Provinces to ensure that those found violating Covid-19 safety measures that they would be dealt with by the police without fear or favour,” said Matanga.
“The ZRP’s crack teams will be on full alert to deal with any form of crime, especially armed robbery, murder, rape, domestic violence, drug abuse, unlawful entry and stock-theft.”
He pleaded with individuals and business entities not to keep large sums of money at home or business premises in order to curb robbery cases.
The police chief also said the ZRP would take action against police officers who engage in any form of corruption.
“This also applies to members of the public who offer bribes to police details so that they can be allowed to go scot-free after committing crime,” said Matanga.
He urged the public to be security conscious and conduct all social and business activities in a peaceful manner.
“The ZRP will therefore deploy officers to conduct patrols, stop and search, blitz, roadblocks and check points in residential, industrial and places frequented by the public,” he said.
Matanga said the ZRP’s public relations department would be carrying out crime and traffic awareness campaigns to conscientise the public on the need to take preventative measures during the holidays.
He urged Zimbabweans to exercise collective responsibility and good conduct to curb crime and road accidents during the holidays.