In response to a recent surge in armed robberies targeting local residents, the police in Beitbridge have introduced a three-week amnesty program for individuals in possession of illegal firearms. The initiative aims to encourage the surrender of these weapons by the end of the month.
The decision comes after a series of distressing incidents involving armed gangs breaking into houses and stealing valuables at gunpoint. To address this growing concern, the Beitbridge District of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has launched “Operation No to Illegal Holding of Firearms and Ammunition.”
In an official statement released on Friday, the police urged unauthorized firearm holders to voluntarily surrender their weapons at the nearest police station for proper registration. They emphasized that individuals who comply will be granted immunity as outlined in the firearms Act Chapter 10.09. Those who retain possession of unauthorized firearms beyond the designated period will face prosecution once the amnesty expires on October 31, 2023. To ensure a transparent process, receipts or vouchers will be issued to individuals upon surrendering their firearms at the police station.