EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Raining Bullets Christmas Day of 2021 was generally rainy across Zimbabwe, but that may not have deterred many citizens from following the long-held tradition of celebrating the occasion. Such callousness… Police enforcing a government COVID19 curfew in Chivhu unleashed dogs and Darlington Manjokota (28) was not so lucky. A police dog savaged his arm and he was admitted to Chivhu Hospital. He is still healing For Zimbabwe, the day has ceased to be just about the birth of Christ; it has become an opportunity for people to travel to meet with family and friends to celebrate the end of the year. Despite the deep economic challenges the country is going through, Zimbabweans often save for this holiday in order to be part of the festivities. It is therefore such a tragedy that on this day, five people die in circumstances that could have been avoided. A soldier reportedly discharged his fire arm and killed five people as three other people sustained injuries at Wanganui Growth Point in MhonhoroNgezi. This is just one of the many cases where security forces have been implicated in public shootings, robberies, murder and other criminal activities, a trend that increased in December, raising alarm over the guarantee of security of ordinary citizens in the country. While the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) said it was concerned over the increased involvement of members of the army in criminal activities, the institution did not take responsibility of providing a concrete plan to deal with the issue, with Brigadier-General Augustine Chipwere only appealing to the public to report “rogue” soldiers. In the same vein, there was an increase in the prevalence of police brutality between 22 December 2021 and 2 January 2022 as police deployed to enforce COVID-19 regulations did so with contempt for the law.