Villagers in Gatche Gatche, Kariba, have pleaded with the Zimbabwe Republic Police to set up a base in their area to curb the rising crime rate.
Gatche Gatche ward 12 councillor Tichaona Makanyaire said many criminal cases were going unreported, as people have to commute for more than 70km to the nearest police station in Kariba to lodge a complaint.
He said the situation was compounded by transport challenges, because buses only plied the route twice a week.
“The issue of a police base is an old one. There is need for a police base because the area has a high crime rate and most cases such as murder and rape go unreported because of the distance,” Makanyaire said.
Gatche Gatche Fisheries chairperson Tichaona Manzungu said the area was now a hideout for criminals from as far as Harare.
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