By Staff Reporter
Police in Beitbridge have banned the carrying of dangerous weapons as preparations for the country’s harmonised elections set for the 30th of July gather momentum.
In a notice, the Police Officer commanding Beitbridge, Chief Superintendent Francis Phiri said the embargo is with effect from the 7 th of this month to the 7th of September.
He said the prohibition of possessing offensive weapons is in line with section 14 (1) of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) chapter 11:17. “No person shall carry or display in a public place thoroughfare, whether openly or by concealment, the following weapons; catapults, machetes, axes, swords, knives, knobkerries, daggers or any traditional weapon.
“Any person found in possession of such weapons shall be guilty of an offence,”
He said no incidents of politically motivated violence has been reported around Beitbridge since the proclamation of the election date by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chief Superintendent Phiri said police have agreed with representatives of all political parties in the district on the importance of maintaining peace before, during and after elections.
He said they have already deployed human resources on the ground to enforce the laws of the land and to maintain a peaceful environment.
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