Police Fire Live Ammunition In Chinhoyi Town

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Officers from the Zimbabwe Republic Police on Friday fired live ammunition in Chinhoyi CBD as they battled to arrest illegal foreign currency dealers in the Mashonaland West farming town.

While no one was hurt, the exercise resulted in the arrest of 16 dealers.

Police, however, failed to charge them with any exchange control crime due to lack of evidence.

A report by the Standard says: “It is the firing of warning shots that got people to talk about the heavy-handedness of the police towards civilians.

“One of the dealers who wanted to be only identified as Monya, said he was fined $20 for Obstructing movement on the pavement and was released.

“There was no point in firing warning shots in the middle of the crowded CBD as if we’re hardcore criminals” said Monya.

The police could not issue any statement on the incident.

With the black market forex exchange rate nearly as twice more lucrative than the interbank forex exchange rate, most Zimbabweans have been tempted to deal on the streets, despite the potential risks.

As of Friday evening, US$100 was fetching as much as RTGS$900 on the parallel market.

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