By Court Reporter
A Harare woman has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for unlawfully possessing 2,1 kilograms of dagga with a street value of ZWL $210 000.
Theresa Mukumba (45) of Glen Norah was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, with 6 months being suspended for five years on the condition accused does not commit an offence involving possession or dealing in dangerous drugs.
She will serve an effective 18 months imprisonment.
It is the State case that Mukumba who was travelling from South Africa was intercepted by Zimra Canine officers and arrested at Beitbridge Border post on the 24th of January after they found her in unlawful possession of dagga.
The dagga was subsequently seized and weighed; it totalled 2.1 kilograms in weight and had a street value of ZWL $210 000-00.
In a surprising development, one Mashudu Mbedzi, upon hearing of the arrest of Mukumba, approached her relatives and gave them reassurances that if they paid him US $247-00 he would facilitate the granting of her bail.
Mukumba was denied bail much to the chagrin of Theresa’s relatives who then caused a furore demanding to know exactly why she had been denied bail when they had paid the money as required by Mashudu Mbedzi.
Mbedzi was subsequently arrested and charged with fraud.