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Strict Lockdown back – Police To Impound Vehicles, Nab pedestrians

Police arrest 26 000 people

Police on Wednesday introduced a stricter monitoring of curfew compliance by both motorists and pedestrians.

Pedestrians face arrest while motorists will also have their vehicles impounded.

The warning against violators was issued yesterday to members of the public to ensure that the government’s January 2 curfew order is complied with.

The new order sees stricter enforcement of curfew on pedestrians and motorists found walking or driving past the 6pm to 6am curfew.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police warns members of the public that with effect from today (last night), police officers will be out in full force to ensure compliance with the new curfew order put in place by the government on January 2nd, 2021.

“Therefore, movements, whether on foot or motorized are not allowed during this period and anyone found walking or driving will be arrested, with vehicles impounded,” reads the statement.

Those also planning to travel between cities have been advised to plan their journeys accordingly. “Those travelling between cities should plan their journeys so that they do not breach the curfew order,” warned the police.

The action comes after long queues were noticed on Sunday and Monday along the Harare-Bulawayo road with traffic stretching from Norton tollgate to Whitehouse. Some motorists had to clash members of the police during the traffic congestion.

According to the police, on Monday 2 336 people were arrested across the country for various offences related to defiance of the extended national lockdown regulations.

As of the 2336 arrests, 890 were nabbed for unnecessary movements and 920 for not wearing masks.

As of Wednesday, 341 251 people have been arrested during this extended national lockdown. Zimbabwe has now recorded 27 892 confirmed cases, including 17 372 recoveries and 773 deaths as at 18 January, 2021.