Man in hot soup after being found with mbanje plants in his garden

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Binga man jailed for unlawful cultivation and possession of cannabis

In a recent development, Enock Chuma, a 53-year-old resident of Binga, has been apprehended by authorities on charges of unlawful cultivation and possession of cannabis, commonly known as mbanje. The arrest followed a police tip-off, revealing Chuma’s cultivation of the illicit plant within his mango and sweet potato garden.

According to legal regulations, the cultivation of medical cannabis is only permitted through licensing, which comes with a hefty price tag of US$50,000. Chuma’s activities violated these laws, leading to his subsequent arrest and appearance before Hwange Magistrate, Ms Munamati, to answer allegations of dealing in dangerous drugs.

During the court proceedings held on Wednesday afternoon, Chuma pleaded guilty to both charges, acknowledging his unlawful cultivation and possession of dagga in his garden and bedroom hut located in Mabula village, under the jurisdiction of Chief Pashu.

In response to the charges, the magistrate sentenced Chuma to 30 months of imprisonment. However, 12 months of the sentence were suspended under the condition of good behaviour, resulting in an effective jail term of 18 months.

Presenting the case before the court, Prosecutor Ms Chido Tshuma outlined the sequence of events leading to Chuma’s arrest. On December 20 of the previous year, the police from Kamativi swiftly responded to a tip-off, which provided crucial information that ultimately led to the recovery of the cannabis plants and subsequent arrest of Chuma.

Unlawful cultivation and possession of cannabis remain serious offences under the law, as authorities strive to curb the illegal drug trade and protect public safety. The arrest of Chuma sends a clear message that such activities will not be tolerated, and those found guilty will face legal consequences.

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