The national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi stated the Zimbabwe Republic Police has detained seven people, said to be involved in making and supplying machetes to robbers.
“We conducted raids at Siya-so and Matapi where seven accused persons were arrested for selling machetes to the machete gangs. We recovered 31 machetes,”
The raids were conducted at Siya-So home industrial area in Mbare where 31 machetes were recovered.
“In accordance with Section (4) (1) of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (MOPA) Chapter 11:23, Officers Commanding Police Districts also known as regulating authorities have now prohibited the carrying, whether openly or by concealment, in public places or public thoroughfares or public display of catapults, machetes, axes, knobkerries, swords, knives, stones or daggers or items capable of being used as weapons and likely to occasion public disorder or a breach of peace.”