Marondera Brothers Arrested for Cultivating Illegal Mbanje on Their Homestead[Image Credit: Herald]

Marondera Brothers Arrested for Cultivating Illegal Mbanje on Their Homestead

The Chibanda brothers, Edwin and Bornwell from Marondera, were arrested for allegedly cultivating mbanje illegally on their homestead.

Public Tipoff Leads to Arrest

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Acting on information supplied by the public, the police arrested them for their illegal cultivation of mbanje. The tipoff played a crucial role in apprehending the suspects.

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Seizure of Cannabis Plants and Dried Dagga

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During the arrest, the police reportedly discovered and uprooted 50 mbanje plants believed to have been cultivated by the Chibanda brothers. Additionally, law enforcement officers found dried dagga concealed in a 2kg plastic bag at Bornwell Chibanda’s residence.

Police Commend Public Cooperation

Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi, the police spokesperson for Mashonaland East province, confirmed the arrest and expressed gratitude to the public for providing valuable information. The cooperation of the community aids law enforcement agents in their efforts to eliminate drug peddling activities.

Card Cloning Syndicate Targets Pensioners

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In a separate incident, a suspected member of a card cloning syndicate has been targeting pensioners who bank with CBZ Bank. Tawanda Matau, along with his accomplices Luckmore Matuku and Precious Sunungurai Muzenda, are currently on the run.

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Forgery and SIM Card Replacement

The suspects used forged ID cards, containing the details of their victims, to approach Econet agents in small towns across Zimbabwe. They engaged in SIM card replacements, gaining access to the victims’ banking apps, and subsequently withdrew all their funds.

Multiple Victims Fall Prey

The card cloning syndicate targeted several pensioners who had received their lump sum payments. Among the victims were Florence Kariyo, Tanetswa Nyamukapa, Itai Jere, Loveloge Zindawa, and Letwin Dzapasi, all of whom had substantial amounts stolen from their accounts.