Woman fined for growing mbanje


A 56-year-old Mkoba 11 woman in Gweru was on Thursday fined $150 for planting mbanje in her garden.


The mbanje plant measuring 1,4m tall was found by police detectives from the dangerous drugs squad after a tip-off from members of the community.

Millia Chenjelani, who had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, was convicted by Gweru magistrate Getrude Mayenyose.

Mayenyose ruled that Chenjelani should pay a fine of $150 or spend two months in prison.

Chenjelani also got a three-month suspended sentence for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence during that period.

Prosecutor Chipo Matshe told the court that on January 8, detectives received information that there was a mbanje plant measuring 1,4m in Chenjelani’s garden.

Police went to her house and discovered the mbanje plant growing in her onion garden covered with dry branches and arrested her.