One hundred and twenty-seven people have been arrested while 14 vehicles including South African registered commuter omnibuses were impounded in Lupane for breaching curfew and Covid-19 regulations.
Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese from ZRP Matebeleland North said: “Zimbabwe Republic Police ZRP in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies on Tuesday night carried out an operation which when on until early Wednesday resulting in the arrest of over 100 people for disregarding curfew and embarking on inner-city travel.”
The operation also resulted in the impounding of 14 vehicles including foreign registered commuter omnibuses which were travelling the Binga-Bulawayo route.
Police spokesperson for Matabeleland North Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese reminded the public that inner-city travel remains banned as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The blitz carried out by the police and the other security agencies near the Lupane State University saw 14 vehicles including 8 South African registered commuter omnibuses.
The curfew breakers who were at Lupane police station were also reminded that the pandemic calls for a collective effort and responsible behaviour.
Hwange District Medical Officer Dr Fungai Mvura commended the law enforcement agencies for the strict enforcement of Covid-19 regulations.
“Everybody needs to take responsibility and ownership against Covid-19 and do their part to prevent transmitting coronavirus. We are appreciative of the assistance we are getting from the law enforcement agencies,” he says.
The breach of curfew and Covid-19 measures by people travelling from Bulawayo to rural areas in Matebeleland North has put the lives of vulnerable villagers at risk.
Hwange District has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases which are currently at 51. Active cases are currently at 13 with 2 deaths having been recorded in the district since the outbreak of the pandemic.