THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has suspended four senior and junior officers for allegedly neglecting their duties and allowing the holding of a Covid 19 ‘super spreader’ musical bash held in Mbare on New Year’ s Eve, Zim Morning Post can report.
The casualties are all stationed at Matapi Police station which is located within the vicinity of the venue.
The affected cops are Supritendent Innocent Makumbe, Garikai Jiyane(Officer in Charge), Nyarai Gunhe and Vengai Mupamhanga.
According to national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi the officers acted in complete negation of police set standard and their action allowed participants of the illegal bash to defy government’ s Covid 19 regulations.
“Investigations conducted have revealed that the senior officer and junior members did not perform their duties according to police set standards and government Covid 19 regulations in handling the illegal Mbare musical bash held by DJ Fantan and his associates on 31 December 2020;” read Nyati’s statement released Monday.
Images of the bash went viral on social media prompting police to make a knee jerk reaction to arrest DJ Fantan and witchhunt his alleged accomplices.
However, some section of society voiced out why the law was been applied selectively as some high profile individuals were also captured on video attending events with same circumstances.
Notable is petroleum mogul Kuda Tagwirei who is said to have organised a party for family and friends and was captured on video mingling with guests without a face mask as required by Covid 19 regulations.
At least 52 people have been arrested for organising and participating in the event which caused massive uproar on social media. Popular musician and music producer at Chillspot Records, DJ Fantan was alleged to have briefly gone on the run after learning that authorities were looking for him.
However, Fantan later handed himself over to the police, and is currently in custody.