Crime in Mashonaland Central Province has soared by eight percent, with a total of 2 196 cases having been recorded during the first quarter of 2019 against 2 030 during the same period last year.

Speaking during the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Client Service Charter re-launch at Nzvimbo Growth Point in Chiweshe, Officer Commanding Mashonaland Central, Commissioner Rangarirai Mushaurwa urged communities to assist in curbing crime.

“This charter gives members of the public the obligation to assist the police with information which helps in the investigation of crime arrest of suspects and recovery of property,” said Commissioner Mushaurwa.

Representing the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Senator, Monica Mavhunga, Director in her office Mr Addmore Shereni urged traditional leaders to complement police in fighting crime.

“I implore our school systems to mould upright, patriotic citizens who respect the law. In equal measure, traditional leaders ought to strengthen their role as custodians of our traditional values and traditions as indigenous people,” he said.

The rise in crime has led to over-subscription of magistrate courts prompting deployment of two more magistrates to clear the backlog inside the next three months.

The event is part of ZRP’s re-branding exercise to restore public confidence for peace and development in the second republic.