Police officer nabbed for mbanje
22 June 2018
A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police has been arraigned before the court after he was found in possession of 49 sachets of mbanje.
Wilson Marikopo was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande.
It is the State case that the 28-year old police man was deployed to guard the residence of Melusi Matshiya who is the permanent secretary in the Ministryof Home Affairs but failed to report for duty on time.
The accused then reported for duty around 1:30pm and was improperly dressed in his uniform which prompted his superiors Inspector Romaldo Zungunde and Assistant Inspector Aaron Musoniwa to interview him about his conduct.
In the process, Zungunde observed that Marikopo’s pockets were loaded and began to search him and discovered that he had 17 sachets of dagga in his jacket, and 32 more were discovered from his trousers pockets.
The State led by Fransisca Mukumbiri opposed bail stating that he was an officer who was in possession of the illicit drug whilst on duty and the sachets he had suggested that it was not for personal use but rather for dealing hence he must contest his innocence while in custody.
In his defence, Marikopo said he deserves bail because he is of fixed aboard and he was prematurely arrested by his superiors and the dagga had been recovered from an accused person.
“I chased down a suspect who dropped the sachets and I picked them up and I recorded it in my official police book so I should be granted bail because I have an arguable case and the presumption of innocence is still in my favour,” said Marikopo.
The matter will be heard today for bail application.