Two Marondera farm workers were yesterday dragged before Marondera Magistrate Shane Kubonera facing charges of cultivating 45 plants of mbanje in their garden.
by Jairos Saunyama
Dennis Shumba and Nicholas Njanji (ages not given) of Borrowdale Clack Farm, who arrived at the courts with police officers holding a bunch of the dagga plants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges before being granted $20 bail each.
It is alleged that on January 30 this year, and at around 1200hrs, a member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police neighbourhood watch got a tip off that the two were cultivating dagga in their garden.
The neighbourhood watch member then proceeded to Shumba’s residence and arrested him. Shumba allegedly led the police officers to the garden where seven plants which were about 1,5m tall were found.
Upon searching, police also found 38 plants which were hidden in the gum plantation near Shumba’s homestead after they had been uprooted by Njanji in a bid to conceal them from law enforcement agents.
Forty-five dagga plants were recovered.
The matter was postponed to February 11.
Pauline Kazingizi prosecuted.