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JUST IN: Passion Java faces arrest (See Pics)

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PROMINENT social media personality Passion Java has stirred controversy and placed himself in the way of possible arrest for breaching provisions of the Police Act.

Java set tongues wagging after he was pictured wearing a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) female officer’s hat, with the unidentified policewoman watching akimbo behind Java.

The cop watched helplessly as Java took away her service hat and flipped it onto his head before getting his assistant snap a photo of him. The image has outraged some Zimbabweans who called for his arrest and prosecution for breaching a provision of the Police Act.

The law says any person who wears a police uniform, badge or button shall, unless he or she is a member of the Police, be guilty of a criminal offence and liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

Java, who styles himself as a preacher and prophet, recently had the nation talking after he was filmed being escorted by a police unit, a service accessible to anyone who can pay the fee for such escorts.

However, wearing a police hat or any regalia is prohibited for non-members of the law enforcement body. According to the Police Act:

Any person who wears any uniforms or distinctive badge or button of the Police Force or anything which might reasonably be mistaken for any such uniform, badge or button as to be likely to deceive, shall, unless — (a) he is a member of the Police Force entitled by reason of his appointment, rank or designation to wear such uniform, badge or button; or (b) he has been granted permission by the Commissioner to wear such uniform, badge or button; be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment. [Amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002].

“That’s a clear breach of a very clear law and unless Java can prove he had been granted permission by the Commissioner to wear the Police service hat, any magistrate worth their salt will nail Java without thinking twice,” a Harare lawyer told this reporter, requesting anonymity for professional reasons.

She added: “It will be a surprise though if he is arrested or even cautioned for that, given that politically connected individuals and institutions in Zimbabwe enjoy so much immunity from prosecution.

“But in a country where everyone is equal before the law, Java won’t get away with disrespecting the Police force in that manner. Will the police officer in question be even asked to account for the incident? You bet!”

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono appears particularly incensed over the photo, saying Java waa abusing his close proximity to President Mnangagwa and disrespectful State institutions.

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