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Police warns public on political violence

Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned the public that they will act against any form of political violence regardless of political affliction, gender or race.

This was said in a press conference held today at the Police General Headquarters in Harare.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Commander 2018 ZRP Harmonised Elections Erasmus Makodza has highlighted that any form of violence, threats or harassment of voters or rival contenders will certainly be dealt with in terms of the country’s law.

He also said adequate security provisions have been put in place by the police to ensure primary and harmonised elections are held in a peaceful environment.

The police have highlighted the following practices as prohibited under the electoral Act and will not be tolerated.

Inflicting or threatening to inflict bodily injury upon a person, abducting a person or detaining a person against  his or her will, causing or threatening to withhold from a person any assistance or benefit to which that person is legally entitled, illegally doing or threatening to do anything to the disadvantage are some of the practices that have been prohibited.

The commander also highlighted that section 36(1) of the Criminal Law codification and Reform act, chapter 9:23 which provides that courts can impose a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment to anyone who commits politically motivated crimes.

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