Mbanje addict confesses before magistrate

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By Cynthia Dube

A man from Bulawayo who was found growing 100 plants of dagga, some measuring three metres in his backyard, has been ordered to perform 315 hours of community service.

Callin Jaison Bent (32), a tenant at Lobenvale plots in Bulawayo, told Provincial Magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya that he was a drug addict and his wife took the dagga to cure asthma.

Police arrested Bent on Monday after receiving a tip-off that he was growing dagga.

He appeared before Mr Tashaya on Thursday facing a charge of unlawful cultivation of dagga.

Bent pleaded guilty and Mr Tashaya ordered him to perform 315 hours of community service at Sauerstown Police Station.

“Your Worship, I admit to the charges levelled against me. I swear, l will never ever take drugs anymore starting from today. I knew that it was illegal to be found in possession of dagga but I never bothered myself about it,”he said.

“I was cultivating dagga because I`m a drug addict and I take a cup of dagga every day. My wife is taking a cup of dagga per month because she is asthmatic and she uses it as medicine.”

The magistrate sentenced Bent to a wholly suspended 12 months in prison.

“Three months is suspended on condition that you do not commit a similar crime within five years. The remaining nine months is suspended on condition that you perform 315 hours of community service at Sauerstown Police Station,” said Mr Tashaya.

The magistrate said he had considered that Bent was a first time offender and did not waste the court`s time by pleading guilty.

Prosecuting, Ms Leanne Nkomo said on March 13 this year, police received information that Bent was growing dagga at Lobenvale Plot where he lives in a rented cottage.

Acting on the information, police attended to the scene where 100 plants of dagga were recovered in a field and some were in a tin next to the cottage.

“The plants were recovered and measured between 30 centimetres and three metres in height,” said Ms Nkomo. The Chronicle

  • Dagga is medicinal,some countries have legalised it,

  • Lack of employment in the country.

  • #legalize_it!!!

  • 315 dzakawandisa just for ganja

  • Jah Haana Mhosva

  • Command Agriculture yaa mhosva iiii zvakaoma

  • Jah havana mhaka

  • Gvt ngaimupe munda ,munhu iyeye anogona kurima ndinomuziva

  • Why do ppl get arrested for planting ganja its not a drug.

  • Ahoyi Jah man. Kkk kufanana naBob Marley

  • It makes sense

  • Jah havana mhosva

  • waste of time. colonial mentality

  • Legalize it. The international herb.

  • Muzvambarara

    Dzakato stika

  • Mbanje dzine mhosva yei?

  • Better kwete zvekupenga zvekupa munhu makore 4 arimujeri coz of mbanje asi varipo vakauraya vanhu asi vari free nanhasi unto kana akambovati tokonyo!!

    • Like that guy wekudira girlfriend acid, aripi?? Munamba is the name.

    • i don think arimujeru uya uya

  • And yet more than 50% of drugs we get from medical centers causes dizziness it’s time we wake up as nations and accept that marijuana is medicinal and stop it from being criminalised

  • Ignorant Government , just legalize and regulate it that’s all

    You will see how the economy will grow ,besides it kills cancer cells – if they had atleast half a brain they would sell it the way they do cigarettes and regulate it such that they designate special areas to smoke it in public and obviously no under age smoking

    Factories would create employment and improve a lot of things in the sick country

  • At least he was trying to earn a living in this harsh economy.

  • government should legalise the herb,farm it and export it to wiser wersten countries that also have legalised it,major foreign currency earner!

  • Daga , mbanje is not a drug but a herb with medicinal properties.

  • tsoka

    Why is a natural growing herb illegal. God can never create an illegality. People are dying of tobacco and alcohol related illnesses but they are legal.

  • Fuck the government

  • Imi varikuti yakanaka nhasi imbopaiwo vana venyu vamboputa asi musazokanganwawo kutiudza maresults then we take it from there.

    • 18 years and above ndo vano puta handioni kushata kwayo sezvo chiri chirimwa unlike beer rinoiswa sme cemicals

    • Dai isina kushata Jabu ichipiwa from 0 yrs to adults just like milk.call a spade a spade akomana.imimi hamudziroveso

    • Mbanje irinani wangu,better arime ararame and his hands a clean 100%. Kune mhosva hombe dzakaita sekuroya,zvitsing nekuromba asi zvinosiiwa hanzi muZim hamuna varoyi idzo nyoka dzichingofambwa nadzo,vanhu vachipera mumisha umu. Vamwe varikupenga vamwe vakaremara asi vanozviita are just free.

    • mbanje yonaka kkkkkkkkkkk

  • Legalize it

  • mbanje here shuwa mashaya nyaya?

  • Ganja is platinum although it smells shit

  • kkkkkk Aaaah rastaaa

  • kkkkk command agriculture.mupei mbeu nefertilizer

  • ndo team inofanira kupihwa ma plots , mbeu yakauchikwa yembanje netumwe twese twamuri kupa mbavha dzinoti dzinorima chibage.
    pamberi nevarimi

  • Aqua Champion

    indians cricketers raped my sister and u left them but busy arresting munhu anembanje dzake hake atadzei

  • Saka orarama Seiko

  • Ras Lolo 🙏🏿

  • Ganga fo life

  • This nigga look high as shit

  • Gadzirisai road siyanai ne vana ve Zimbabwe

  • MAMBOSASA

    MARIJUANA MUST BE LEGALIZED IMMEDIATELY Pane bag apa kupfura tobacco, chibage, and all the mining yatiri kuita

    Colorado Topped $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sales in 2016
    Tom Huddleston, Jr.
    Dec 13, 2016
    It only took Colorado 10 months to pass $1 billion in legal cannabis sales in 2016, one year after the state came up just shy of that milestone revenue figure.
    Marijuana businesses in Colorado, which voted to legalize the drug recreationally in 2012, reported roughly $1.1 billion in legal sales of medical and recreational marijuana and related products this year through the month of October, according to the latest batch of tax data from the state’s Department of Revenue. That number easily tops the roughly $996 million in total marijuana revenue the state reported in 2

    • GORIRA

      Spot on sir! We should be making money out of the herb.

  • Aaaa heyiii siyai Jah vadye chikafu chavo….Legalise ganja….Torima toita cash..

  • God gave you fucks hemp instead you decided to make it ilegal !idiots

  • Allaz

    Pakuzoti tip-off apa – some people are just snakes shuwa. Anga arwadziwa nei mutengesi wacho – instead of kutokwana-kwana nekabag kake ke fertilizer voita mari vese.