Published On: Thu, Jan 5th, 2017

Seven arrested for wearing camouflage attire

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Beaven Dhliwayo

Harare – The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested seven male adults for wearing army apparel at Odyssey night club in Kadoma where they were drinking beer on New Year’s Eve.

Senior Assistant Commissioner, Charity Charamba confirmed the arrest saying the Zimbabwe National Army and ZRP issued warnings to the members of the public that it is an offence to put on camouflage attire and people must take heed.

The warning follows the proliferation in the selling and wearing of military apparel by members of the public especially since the beginning of the festive season.

In a statement the ZNA said the wearing of army regalia or replicas was prohibited in terms of section 99(2) (c) of the Defence Act.

The section provides that “Any person who, without authority, wears or uses any decoration supplied to or authorized for use by any member of the Defence Forces or other military forces or any decoration so nearly resembling such decoration as to be likely to deceive, shall be guilty of an offence.”

Charamba also said police together with the National Parks Rangers have arrested four suspects for Rhino Poaching in Bubi Conservancy.

“Police managed to recover equipment used for poaching by suspects after an exchange of fire when they encountered the poachers. Poaching is an offence and members of the public are warned against the practice,” she said.

She also said police are investigating a case of theft which occurred in Borrowdale, Harare where 4 x 12 volts batteries that were installed in a booster were stolen. The batteries are valued at $2 400 and police are appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of suspects.