13 September 2018
. . . police watch for illegal food vendors, outlets
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has banned public gatherings with immediate effect after the Government declared cholera outbreak as a state of emergency.
The ban comes following the rise in number of deaths due to cholera in Harare.
Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday said outbreak was a security threat and ZRP wished to inform members of the public that in light of the declaration of state of emergency, the police in Harare would not allow any public gatherings.
“ZRP is appealing to the public to take heed of this warning and comply as this will assist in alleviating the continuous outbreak of cholera,” she said.
Deputy Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi issued a follow up press statement last night on illegal food vendors saying they had been banned and those going against the law would be brought to book.
“In the same vein government has banned illegal food vendors in Harare Central Business District through all corners, vehicle trunks or back of offices where food is being sold.
“The ban is effected day and night; in this regard police will intensify patrols and surveillance in the CBD and will be out in full force to ensure compliance with the government directive without any favour.”
Ass Comm Nyathi added:
“Members of the public are encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement agents and other stake holders in order to try and bring sanity to Budiriro, Glen View and Harare CBD.
“This is in order to curtail the spread of cholera,” Ass Comm Nyathi said.
Meanwhile, in a bid to combat the cholera pandemic in Glen View, boreholes in the area have been temporarily been made to be malfunctional.
This has been done so that residents do not continue accessing contaminated water containing vibrio cholera bacteria.
Boreholes have been disabled in most parts of Glen View 8 to the place popularly known as Tichagarika area.