Tendai Gukutikwa Post Correspondent
Mutare Rural District police have issued a two month prohibition order against the carrying of dangerous weapons in public places.
This follows an increase in crimes that have been committed using dangerous weapons.
The crimes have been mainly committed at artisanal mining sites, reads a press release written by Officer Commanding Mutare Rural District police, Chief Superintendent Amon Ndou.
Accordingly, any person who fails to comply with the prohibition shall be guilty of an offence and may be arrested.
The order was issued last Friday: “The order was necessitated by a realisation that crimes of armed robbery and serious assault cases where weapons are being used especially artisanal mining sites are on the increase in the district.
“As police we believe that the carrying in public, whether openly or in concealment, in a public place or public thoroughfare or public display of any of these weapons is likely to cause public disorder or a breach of peace. These weapons are namely catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knifes, spears, daggers or any traditional weapons.
“I hereby issue an order prohibiting the carrying of such weapons in the Mutare Rural District or any part thereof for a period not exceeding two months which is from June 25 to August 25, 2018,” he said.
Chief Supt Ndou said the order is in terms of Section 14(1) of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11, 17.