Camouflage wear banned in Zimbabwe
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE has banned the wearing of replica military attire in the wake of a reported increase in crimes committed by culprits dressed in such gear.
Camouflage has proven a popular fashion statement during the festive season but the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has urged members of the public to stop wearing the attire forthwith.
The ban has been widened to musicians and artistes who spice up their performances by wearing military gear.
With immediate effect, they should first seek clearance from police.
In line with the ban, police have been instructed to raid all shops selling camouflage-printed clothes and arrest owners.
The penalties are still under consideration but culprits are likely to be jailed.
Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Alphios Makotore, said there was an increase in criminal activities committed by culprits wearing military attire.
“It is against this background the ZNA wishes to advise traders and members of the public it is unlawful to sell and wear any military regalia or replica from Zimbabwe or any other country,” Makotore said.
Police spokeswoman, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, issued a similar warning.
“We are, therefore, warning all members of the public to do away with all their camouflage clothing. Anyone found wearing this kind of print will be
arrested without hesitation,” Charamba said.
– CAJ NEWS
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