In the wake of a spike in murder and robbery cases in the Midlands capital, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has announced a ban in the carrying of dangerous weapons in Gweru Urban District.

The ban is effective from 01 October to 31 December 2022.

Chief Superintendent Tambudzai Bibian Gumbo said in a public notice that the temporary prohibition notice was made in line with the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (chapter 11:23).

As a consequence, the carrying of catapults, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives, or daggers will be banned during the period.

“We want to warn members of the public that carrying of such prohibited weapons during the prohibited period will result in arrests and accused persons will be taken to court. Kindly note that we are doing this because cases involving the use of these weapons are now rampant and threatening the very existence of public safety,” Superintendent Gumbo wrote.

She added that those who fail to comply to the prohibition order will be arrested and the weapons will be confiscated.

The Midlands State University (MSU) extending to Fletcher High School, Daylesford, Coolmoreen Plots, Greenvale, Ridgemont, Hertfordshire, Montrose Plots, Woodlands, Mkoba 20, Mkoba 19, Mkoba 14, Mkoba 5, CSC, Heavy Industry, Dabuka, Southview extension back to Midlands State University are the places covered by the temporary prohibition notice.