Police have from July 1 impounded 67 buses countrywide, while several
people have been arrested on allegations of travelling without the
required documents and violating the national lockdown measures.
This comes as the police urged people to comply with the regulations
during the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays on Monday and Tuesday. The
arrests came after authorities intensified the enforcement of Covid-19
control measures, with police impounding buses that are operating
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said
police will ensure that no intercity movements were undertaken by
travellers in line with the Government’s recent ban.
“Any pirate taxis, mushikashika or private vehicles found to be carrying
passengers during this period will be dealt with in terms of the country’s
laws,” he said.
“As from July 1 to date, the ZRP impounded 41 buses in Masvingo, 10 buses
in Harare, seven buses in Mashonaland West, five buses in Mashonaland East
and four others in Manicaland for intercity movements in clear violation
of the Government’s directive.
“Transporters are strongly warned against defying the safety measures put
in place by Government.”
Asst Comm Nyathi said the police will only clear commercial cargo and
essential services to pass through check points and roadblocks.
They will also be conducting stop and searches, blitz and raids to account
for people contravening the Government’s ban on bars, beerhalls and night
“Shebeen operators will also be arrested during the holidays,” said Asst
Comm Nyathi. “The public is reminded that all public gatherings are banned
and funerals should be guided by the figure of 30 mourners as stipulated
“Since most companies will be closed during the holidays, the Zimbabwe
Republic Police implores Zimbabweans to stay at home, mask up and practice
social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19.”
Police recently impounded nine buses that were operating illegally outside
the Zupco franchise and arrested 3 821 people over Covid-19 related
contraventions in Harare, as complacency creeps in.
The arrests came as some rogue business operators, including illegal ones
in Harare, were reversing the gains made in trying to curb Covid-19 by
perpetuating complacency and disregarding preventive measures that have
been put in place.
Police said some bus crews were using fake returnee passes to continue
plying their cross border trips, with drivers displaying a certificate on
the front window and act as if they will be on transit carrying returnees.