SENIOR STAFF WRITER
AUTHORITIES said yesterday that they had deployed more security forces around the country, to force compliance with Covid-19 regulations, including the recently imposed dusk to dawn national curfew, the Daily News reports.
“Members of the public who defy the curfew order will face charges of contravening Section 17(3)(4) of Statutory Instrument 174/2020 as read with Statutory Instrument 83/2020 (which deals with failure to observe the lockdown curfew).“Those accessing health services and water should do so in an orderly manner which promotes the safety and security of all.“Police will ensure that there are no non-essential human and vehicular traffic movements between 1800 hours every day to 0600 hours of the following day,” Matanga emphasised.
Meanwhile, Matanga also revealed that between Tuesday and Wednesday this week, police had arrested 2 654 people for contravening Covid-19 national lockdown regulations, including not wearing face masks.
He also said authorities were still grappling with people escaping from quarantine centres despite police having arrested 300 people for the offence so far.
Matanga said yesterday that he had not yet received these reports.
“If the incidents were reported to the police, I am sure investigations are being done.
“We have liaised with Zupco, through the relevant ministry, to ensure that the number of buses is increased, to ensure that people get to their homes early,” he said.
“They introduced the lockdown restrictions without a clear plan on public transport, after they banned kombis which could have come in handy at this critical juncture, as long as they were made to adhere to health guidelines.“The consequences of this is that it is emerging from companies that have registered Covid-19 cases that Zupco and public service busses may be the source of new infections,” ZimRights national director, Dzikamai Bere, said.Human Rights Watch director for southern Africa, Dewa Mavhinga, also said the curfew was not “well-considered as the government had an eye on July 31 protests”.