A teacher at Eaglesvale in Harare was sentenced to four years in prison following her conviction for illegal possession of a dangerous drug called Khat.
The teacher, Cecelia Chimhau was convicted after a full trial by Harare magistrate, Taurai Manuwere.
Chimhau was jointly charged with her husband, Byron Chimhau, who is also a teacher at Chiriseri Secondary School.
However, the husband was acquitted.
Chimhau was initially sentenced to four years in prison but one year was suspended on the condition she doesn’t commit a similar offence, in the next five years.
Prosecutor Sheila Mupindu told the court that on 17 December 2021, Chimhau imported the dangerous drug under the pretext that it was moringa (a shrub believed to have many benefits whose uses range from health and beauty to helping prevent and cure diseases).
Police detectives received information that Chimhau had imported a dangerous drug and went to Zimpost Harare Central Sorting Office where the parcel was.
The police collected a sample and it was confirmed that it was, indeed, khat.
The court further heard that Cecelia sent her husband, Byron, to collect the parcel.
Upon arrival, Byron was advised by a ZIMRA official that the parcel wasn’t moringa but was, in fact, khat.
This led to the arrest and prosecution of the couple.
Khat is a leafy green plant containing stimulant drugs. It is illegal to possess, give away or sell the drug.