Prundence Chimanga (21) and Tryson Nererai Pariratsamwa (18) were arrested last Friday in Magunje for allegedly growing mbanje and exporting it to Zambia over the past three years.
In an interview with The Herald recently, Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabweazara said the two were also accused of unlawful cultivation of mbanje. Said Inspector Mabweazara:
On July 6, our detectives from Karoi received a tip-off that the two from Sakadza Village under Chief Matombo in Magunje were cultivating mbanje in their field. Police then proceeded to Chimanga’s house where they discovered a 5-litre container of mbanje in her granary.
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Inspector Mabweazara said after interrogations Chimanga led the police to Pariratsamwa’s home where they discovered two 20 litre buckets of mbanje in his bedroom. After further questioning, the pair led police detectives to a field where they found 190 plants of mbanje, which were over 2,1 metres tall and another two 20 litre buckets of processed mbanje.