The Herald (Harare)

19 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Over 360 Nabbed for GBV

OVER 360 suspects were recently arrested countrywide on allegations of committing domestic violence and rape during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

Of the arrested suspects, 262 were for domestic violence with the remainder for rape.

Chief police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said 62 other suspects were arrested for sexual offences like indecent assault.

She said they also conducted campaigns during the exercise and reached out to 150 000 people.

Asst Comm Charamba was speaking at the Crime and Traffic Awareness campaign held last Friday in Harare.

She said police had taken a deliberate step to contain crime and reduce the road carnage through awareness campaigns and increasing police visibility.

Asst Comm Charamba said that during this festive season property owners should ensure that they put adequate security measures to avoid thefts. She encouraged the public not to leave their homes unattended, among other security measures.

Asst Comm Charamba urged victims not to resist armed robbers as they would end up being killed by some of the violent suspects.

She said motorists should also avoid ferrying strangers as they may end up being robbed and lose valuables.

Asst Comm Charamba also gave tips on drowning since such cases were likely to increase during the rain season.

She said President Mugabe had expressed concern over the public conduct of some of the police officers.

"Let me take this opportunity to assure the nation that the ZRP remains committed to weeding out corrupt police officers. We expect all police officers to exude exemplary conduct which is in tandem with the dictates of our code of conduct," Asst Comm Charamba said.

She urged the public to report all corrupt police officers so that criminal and disciplinary procedures could be be instituted against such errant members.

She said it was also important for the public to avoid bribing officers since it was against the law.

"We strongly encourage our drivers on the road to remain in their vehicles after being stopped at roadblocks, and not to be tempted to stop at places far removed from the roadblocks so they will have to walk back to the police officers.

"Drivers are only required to step out of their vehicles when there is a need to search their cars," Asst Comm Charamba said.

She said as a measure to weed out corruption on the roads, the force's commanders would be out in full force to supervise roadblocks all over during the festive season.

Asst Comm Charamba urged drivers to avoid drinking and driving as it was unlawful.

"Sadly and evidently, most of the accidents on our roads are attributed to drunken driving and human error.

"I therefore urge drivers to be cautious on our highways which have become death traps claiming a lot of lives," she said.

She said the use of cellphones while driving was illegal and drivers found flouting the regulations would be arrested.

She warned the public against drinking alcohol in public.

Asst Comm Charamba said officers would be heavily deployed in all residential and business areas as well as highways to ensure that people enjoy the holidays without fear of crime.

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