LATEST ON US$800 000 mbanje bootleg


A 37-YEAR old Malawian truck driver who was arrested with mbanje worth about $800 000 was remanded in custody to May 13. The driver, Alfred Masonyenzo Manjakawawa, was arrested last Thursday at Forbes Border Post.He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before senior magistrate, Mr Langton Mukwengi on Saturday.

Mr Fletcher Karombe prosecuted.

The court heard that detectives received a tip-off that there was a haulage which was coming from Malawi enroute to South Africa on April 28 which was carrying contraband of mbanje


Detectives proceeded to Forbes Border Post and found a South African registered truck, Registration Number VRC326GP with a Malawian registered truck Registration Number MZ4494 undergoing the clearance process.

His papers revealed that he had a consignment of 1 200 bags of wheat from Malawi to South Africa. Zimra officials were told to thoroughly search the truck. The truck was taken to VMS warehouse along Beira Road for thorough searching. Zimra officials and detectives recovered the mbanje concealed underneath the seat.


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