Bales of clothes re­cov­ered from bus

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

THERE was drama in Mutare Cen­tral Busi­ness District last week af­ter an In­ter Africa bus loaded with smug­gled bales of sec­ond hand clothes got en­gaged in a chase with a po­lice truck on De­cem­ber 31.

The Gweru-bound bus tried to shake-off the pur­su­ing po­lice ve­hi­cle by en­gag­ing in danger­ous driv­ing but it was even­tu­ally cor­nered and blocked near the VID de­pot.

A to­tal of 20 smug­gled bales of sec­ond hand clothes were sub­se­quently re­cov­ered from the bus and seven sus­pects who claimed own­er­ship of the con­tra­band were ar­rested.

Man­i­ca­land po­lice spokesman In­spec­tor Tavhringwa Kako­hwa con­firmed the case. He said the sus­pects, Shamiso Makani (35), Tafadzwa Mutekete (33), El­iz­a­beth Many­owa (46), Rumbidzai Makaripe (35), Nyambesi Madzinga (48), Lingile Taruvinga (38) and Christo­pher Gw­er­ena (39) all from Gweru, were set to ap­pear in court on smug­gling charges.

Cir­cum­stances to the case were that on De­cem­ber 31 at around 5.30am the Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Po­lice Mutare Cen­tral District , Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Florence Marume re­ceived a tip off to the ef­fect that there was an In­ter Africa bus that was loaded with bales of smug­gled sec­ond hand clothes.

“The con­tra­band was said to have been loaded at the bus com­pany’s garage. The bus was sub­se­quently in­ter­cepted along the Harare-Mutare Road near the VID De­pot junc­tion. A search was con­ducted in the bus and 20 bales of sec­ond hand clothes were re­cov­ered. The sus­pects were ar­rested af­ter they claimed own­er­ship of the bales,” he said.

Wit­nesses to the chase said the bus driver tried to out­pace the po­lice truck to no avail.

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