ZRP Suspends 4 Officers Over DJ Fantan’s Illegal Mbare Gig

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has suspended four police officers who were on duty the night Chill Spot Records producer, DJ Fantan hosted a New Year’s Eve bash in Mbare in contravention with the new set COVID-19 rules.

By Michael Gwarisa

In a statement, ZRP Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi said the four officers acted against the expected ZRP standards by allowing DJ Fantan and crew to have the bash even when government had issued a ban on all gatherings and merrymaking.

The ZRP confirms that Superintendent Innocent Makumbe, Inspector Garikai Jiyane (Officer in Charge, ,Matapi), inspector Peace Nyarai Gunhe (Duty Officer) and Assistant Inspector Vengai Mupamhanga (Duty Member) have been suspended from police duties by the Commissioner General of Police pending disciplinary action

“Investigations conducted have revealed that the senior officer and junior members did not perform their duties according to Police set standards and government’s COVID-19 regulations in handling the illegal Mbare musical bash held by Dj Fantan and his associates on 13st December 2020,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.

ZRP has since arrested DJ Fantan Arnold Kamudyariwa and his promoter popularly known as Dhama Tinashe Chanachimwe were on Sunday  for participating in a prohibited gathering on New Year’s Eve in Mbare.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe recorded 774 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the highest single-day surge since the onset of the pandemic in March last year. The capital, Harare, accounted for 571 of the cases, taking the national tally of new cases over the last four days to 2 000. “All 774 are local cases,” the Ministry of Health and Child Care said in a statement on Sunday night.

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