Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials in Beitbridge last week intercepted a consignment of banned Bron Cleer cough syrup whose recipients were given as ranked army officials and civilians mostly resident in Harare.
The consignment was recovered from a Harare-bound Proliner bus, with five boxes addressed to a Major Muyambo, a Major Mutizhe, Nyaradzo Chaya, C Chirara, and Laiza Dzingire. The recipients’ phone numbers were written on the contraband.
The Broncleer bottles were sealed in expensive plastic designer packaging boxes but were not claimed when discovered.
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A customs sniffer dog picked the boxes in the large heap of imports that had been offloaded from the bus for physical examination.
Major Mutizhe yesterday confirmed to NewsDay receiving numerous calls in relation to the consignment but denied any knowledge of its origins. He said:
I have received so many calls from the police, intelligence personnel and many other people about the consignment which I don’t know about.
He said the development disturbed him since he had no relative in South Africa.
The three-member bus crew was eventually arrested and taken to court on Saturday.
The trio, Tendai Mutondoro, Johnson Manyange and Philimon Zvirawa, appeared before Beitbridge magistrate Anniah Chimweta facing allegations of possession of illicit drugs.
They were each released on $20 000 bail with stringent reporting conditions. They are expected back in court after two weeks.