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Zvishavane Police Arrest Mbanje Cultivators

Zvishavane Police Arrested Mbanje Cultivators, Justice Served with Seven-Year Sentences

Zvishavane police on Friday arrested two dagga(mbanje) cultivators and were sentenced to seven years in prison.

Arrest and Discovery

Following a tip-off from concerned residents, 42-year-old Njabulo Nyoni and 43-year-old Wellington Zhou were apprehended by ZRP. Nyoni’s garden yielded 120 dagga plants, while Zhou had 190 plants growing in his garden.

Government’s Efforts to Curb Illegal Inflow

Nyoni and Zhou’s arrests align with the government’s ongoing campaign to combat the illegal flow of drugs and substances across the country. Over the past few months, a total of 468 offenders have been arrested, comprising 36 suppliers and 432 drug users and consumers.

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“The nation is being informed that Government continues to heighten the fight against illegal inflow of illicit drugs, substances as well as alcohol throughout the country,” stated Dr Muswere. “A total of 468 (402 male and 66 female) offenders were arrested. Out of the 468 offenders, 36 were suppliers who were referred to court, whilst 432 were drug users and consumers who paid deposit fines.”

Compliance Inspections and Awareness Campaigns

The Liquor Licensing Board conducted inspections of alcohol outlets across the country, monitoring compliance in various establishments. A total of 244 bottle stores, 197 bars, 90 nightclubs, and 145 other outlets were inspected to enhance compliance.

Education Institutions Drug Abuse Awareness Campaigns

Primary, higher, and tertiary education institutions have also conducted drug and substance abuse awareness campaigns, reaching 16,825 learners.

“Cabinet advises that Primary, Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions carried out drug and substance abuse awareness campaigns to students. Weekly Awareness campaigns continue to be a priority, and the collective campaigns in the primary and secondary education levels has reached 16 825 learners (4 155 male and 12 670 female). Community outreaches are being carried out through Information, Education and Communication materials,” stated Dr Muswere. 


Nyoni and Zhou’s convictions highlight the government’s dedication to combating drug crimes. Educational campaigns and community outreach play a vital role in empowering individuals and fostering a drug-free society. VOA reports that maintaining vigilance and active participation are crucial for creating a safer and healthier environment for all.