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Zimbabwe police ordered to stop using personal cellphones while on duty

It's understood that one police officer had been arrested for leaking confidential information via WhatsApp.

Police officers patrol near Tredgold Magistrates courts on 19 August 2019, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwean police officers have been ordered not to use their cellphones while on duty.

It's understood that one police officer had been arrested for leaking confidential information via WhatsApp.

In a statement, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said that police officers should focus on crime prevention and investigation, and not on their cellphones.

He said that a police officer, Lorine Mogoronji, had been arrested for leaking information meant for her commanders via WhatsApp.

The officer was now facing criminal and disciplinary charges.

No details were given on the nature of the information she leaked.

But last month, police appealed to members of the public to stop posting pictures of traffic accidents or murder scenes on social media.

It said some of the scenes were alarming and could cause despondency among members of the public.

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