Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been accused of being behind the recent outbreak of shebeens in various high-density suburbs with many operating in broad daylight.
Following the setting of Covd19 regulations by the government banning the operating of beer halls, many shebeens have sprouted across many ghettos.
Most of these shebeens are found in high-density areas such as Mbare, Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Norton and Warren Park
However, residents and Council officials have accused the police of running the shebeens.
Norton residents said local officers and CID members were in charge of the beer selling places and they usually come to collect their money.
Norton Ward 7 Councilor Douglas Chililo said it was disheartening that law officers were themselves responsible for this scourge.
“What is disturbing is that the police officers are responsible for these places. I have since spoken with the Norton Police Superintendent who has promised to look into the issue”, he said.
Councilor Chililo said in his area they are 6 shebeens which is very disturbing.
A lady who spoke with Open Council Harare said the drinkers had brought with them every characteristic of a beer hall into the residential areas.
“Now we see prostitutes everywhere, scantily dressed within the areas we are staying”.
“It’s very unfortunate that the lockdown has led us into such a situation where our kids are now seeing such gross things”, said Mbuya Chaitwa.
They have already been many incidents where residents are waking up to find used condoms littered around their places.
The residents are also complaining about the increased noise as most shebeens play loud music.
Another lady, Samantha Mukuru, added that they were now fearful for their children and called for police intervention.
“The shebeens are very easy to find if the police were serious about stopping them from operating, even without anyone telling them.
“We are now afraid what impact this scenario will have on our own children”, she added.
Most beerhall operators tried to operate illegally in the initial stages of the lockdown but have eventually shut down completely creating room for the shebeens.