THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned members of the public against breaking the curfew regulations owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
In a statement, ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they would not hesitate to throw offenders behind bars.
ZRP warns members of the public that with effect from today that police officers will be out in full force to ensure compliance with the curfew order put in place by the government on 2nd January 2021.
“The curfew runs from 18:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs the next day, Therefore, movements, whether on foot or motorised are not allowed during this period and anyone found walking or driving will be arrested with vehicles being impounded,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
He added that those travelling between cities should plan their journeys so that they do not breach the curfew order.
“On Sunday 17 January 2021, and Monday 18 January 2021, there was chaos along Harare-Bulawayo Road, as long winding queues were stretching from Norton tollgate up to Whitehouse area, Harare were seen. Some motorists were even confrontational to the police despite the fact that most of them were non complaint with the curfew.”
Meanwhile, as of Monday, January 18, 2021, a total of 2, 366 were arrested throughput the country for various offenses related to the National Lockdown regulations.
“Of these, 890 were contravening Section 4 (1) of the Statutory Instrument 83/20 ‘Unnecessary movement during lockdown except those exempted’ and 920 for failure to wear face masks. This brings the total cumulative arrests to 341 251 since March 30, 2020.