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Alleged mbanje farmers nabbed

Emison Muchimba (54) was arrested on May 21 at his home in Muchesu.

The police got a tip-off from the members of the public that he was cultivating mbanje at his fields.

Police raided his fields where they discovered he had 210 plants of mbanje measuring two metres each.

Muchimba pleaded not guilty to charges of growing the plants when he appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu on Thursday.
He told the court that the crops were planted by his sister who is currently out of the country.

Another suspect, Bobby Peter Munsaka (36) of Sinakomba was also arrested on May 22 after a tip-off from the members of the public.
Police discovered 16 plants of the illegal crop in his fields.

Munsaka pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The two were remanded in custody to June 6 for the continuation of trial.

Bruce Maphosa prosecuted.

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