Beitbridge Magistrate Toindepi Zhou last week kailed a Chipinge man Darlington Mangwayana for 5 years for possessing with the intension to sell 24.5 KGS of marijuana(mbanje), Newsday reports.
Mangwayana who manained his innocence till sentencing reportedly denied that the mbanje that was found in Beitbridge in a bus from Chipinge on February 7 2020 was his.
However his defence crumbled when the state brought in witnesses from the crew that ferried him to Beitbridge. According to the publication:
The crew of the bus he boarded, brought in as State witnesses nailed him further when they produced a duplicate of his ticket and that of the luggage he paid for at Checheche.
The serialised tickets showed the person who boarded at Checheche paid for his luggage, being the two bags of mbanje and the bus, and did not carry any other luggage on that day, neither did it pick any other passenger at that bus stop.
On arrival at Dulivhadzimo bus terminus, Mangwayana had hired a taxi to pick his luggage, but noticed plain clothes police closing in and smelt a rat, ordering the driver off at high speed.
He was tracked down and arrested.
Possesion of Mbanje is still illegal in this country. However the government has legalised mbanje farming and only authorised farmers can produce Mbanje.