Chief fined ZW$40 000 for bribery and border jumping

By Innocent Nxumalo

Chief Maranda of Mwenezi in Masvingo province has been convicted and fined ZW$40 000 for bribery and border jumping.

The 46-year-old Mwenezi traditional leader was arrested after trying to cross into South Africa without a valid passport using an illegal crossing point.

Upon being intercepted by a police officer, Chief Maranda produced a bribe of 100 rand.

The Chief’s legal counsel Jabulani Mberesi and Muchiwande Sithole pleaded for a lighter sentence arguing that the accused is a first offender.

In his ruling, Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Tafadzwa Gwazemba highlighted that Chief Maranda has a great moral responsibility as a traditional leader hence he should lead by example.

The traditional leader faces two months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.