Govt aims to eradicate poverty
$70 000 mbanje was epilepsy medicine, man tells court
A MAN from Mozambique who was arrested for possessing almost $70 000 worth of dagga, has told a court that he used it to treat his epileptic son.
Farai Aruchipetu (40) of Pumula South suburb in Bulawayo said he owned part of the dagga that was found in his possession and professed ignorance about the origins of the rest of the illicit drug.
He appeared alongside an accomplice, Shepherd Edson Town (39), before Western Commonage magistrate Ms Tancy Dube, facing two counts of possession of dagga.
Aruchipetu pleaded not guilty to the first count of THE Government has pledged to live within its means in a bid to reduce poverty which remains at over 70 percent among the country’s population.
According to Treasury’s Zimbabwe Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, there will be belt tightening in government.
“In order to maintain macro-economic stability, Government will continue to exercise prudence in fiscal management, primarily by spending within its means. Whilst current civil service reforms will continue to be implemented to rationalise the wage bill, there will also being found in possession of three 50 kg bags of dagga and the magistrate remanded him out of custody to tomorrow for continuation of trial.
On the second count, he admitted he was the owner of two bricks of dagga that were found on his person in a satchel.
During trial, Aruchipetu told the magistrate that he has an epileptic son and he uses dagga to treat him.
He said the drug was a famous remedy for epilepsy in be gradual expenditure,” said the paper.
It said The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will pay attention to pro-poor programmes and projects since poverty is a major challenge for most Zimbabweans.
The programmes would be complemented by increasing fiscal accountability and transparency in the use of public resources, which will result in improved efficiency in public sector administration.
In the foreword to the paper, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said eradicating poverty is the Government‘s top overall policy objective.
“Poverty eradication strategies and interventions have been embedded in all economic programmes Government has been implementing since the Mozambique. “Your Worship, I admit police found dagga at my house when they laid an ambush. I use the dagga as medication for my son who suffers from epilepsy. I intended sending the dagga back home in Mozambique,” said Aruchipetu. Prosecuting, Mr Mufaro Mageza told the court that police arrested the duo in August following a tip off. “Police received information that Town was in possession of dagga. They recovered three and a half sacks containing dagga in the accused’s bedroom. “Town told the police that the dagga belonged to Aruchipetu who brought it for safe keeping,” said Mr attainment of Independence in 1980. The development of this Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Zimbabwe (IPRSP): 2016-2018 is yet another approach to mitigate poverty, consistent with Zim Asset,” he said.
He said the Government has over the years succeeded in halving the population in extreme poverty from 44 percent in 1995 to 22 percent by 2012.
“The general poverty had, as measured by the Total Consumption Poverty Line, remained relatively high, at over 70 percent.
“Against this background, Government has formulated the I-PRSP, focusing on specific short term measures, but with long term impact on the livelihoods of the population, targeting particularly, the vulnerable segments of our society.” —@thamamoe. Mageza.
He added: “Police then used Town’s phone to call Aruchipetu pretending to be potential buyers. They asked him to come to Town’s house where they ambushed him.”
Mr Mageza said for the second count, Aruchipetu was found with two bricks of dagga weighing 260 grammes.
“Accused came to Town’s house with a black satchel containing one brick of dagga. Police took him to his house for further investigations. They recovered one more brick and another packet hidden in his cupboard,” he said.
A statement by the police read that one Simengani Ndlovu (34), a female vendor, was selling the rest of the dagga on the streets.— @andile_tshuma.
Chief Magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe
Minister Patrick Chinamasa