ZRP warns the public against abusing firearms

By John Nhandara

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has read the riot act on holders of firearm licenses, saying unlawful use of guns is unacceptable.

The warning comes in response to a worrying trend of illegal use of firearms to commit crimes of passion in the country.

ZRP national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi was unequivocal saying the abuse of firearms is unacceptable.

“The ZRP has recorded situations where you find that some firearms which are registered for various purposes such crop protection or cash in transit are being misused. Some are being carried to public gatherings or in vehicles and in some instances are being stolen. We also have cases where couples have disagreements and misuse firearms, for example, the recent case of Tafadzwa who shot his girlfriend,” he said.

On unregistered firearms being used to commit robberies, Assistant Commissioner Nyathi says the law will take its course as some individuals have been caught trying to smuggle firearms into the country.

“We have some firearms being smuggled into the country and in some instances, these firearms are hired to criminals. These firearms are not licenced.”

Section 4 of the Firearms Act outlaws the possession of firearms or ammunition without a certificate.