More than 35 illegal tobacco buyers and sellers fined for illegal dealings

By Stanley James

Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) is stamping its authority after more than 30 illegal tobacco buyers and sellers were fined as part of efforts to restore sanity in the industry.   

A list of illegal tobacco traders that have been fined was released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) this Monday, with the board indicating that the clampdown is being extended to all selling points across the country.         

TIMB spokesperson Chelesani Moyo said, “Since the start of the selling season, it has not been well as there are those flouting regulations but we hope to stamp out all.”  

Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe President, Mr George Seremwe expects the stamping out of illegal traders to restore sanity.  

“It is coming at the right time and we endorse this as a positive step for the industry,” he said.

Tobacco sales have already gone past US$49 million despite an outcry by some farmers over pricing models.  

The TIMB statement says the listed individuals have been illegally buying and selling tobacco during the 2021 marketing season in contravention of Section 36 (1) & 44 (1) of the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Act [Chapter 18:20] and Section 5 (1) of Statutory Instrument 61 of 2004.

The names are:

Reeds Mungure (63-1219427 X42)

Cecilia Mukonza (20 -261375 J85)

Robson Mutede (38-144667 T38)

Yvonne Chimanyiwa (84-04705 S12)

Garai Mashingaidze (44-069055 W44)

Moleen Muchoni (47-140126 R47)

Petros Chimwara (48-094513 T48)

Itai Madya (49-094441 X49)

Gift Kasheshe (49-063141 A49)

Philip Samukange (47-140848 H47)

Cynthia Chigora (44-069055 W44)

Justine Chakubva (48-172939 P49)

Silas Tengawi (48-150858 V48)

Olivia Gomwe (63-1203016 J85)

Misheck Kwanda (42-279902 P42)

Timoth Chirigo (44-107157 L75)

Oscar Mashakada (70-268594 F70)

Precious Basira (42-298019 G42)

Simblisio Munetsi (48-145510 A48)

Richard Chikuku (47-150431 G47)

Tinashe N. Matongo (72-1895163 B72)

Richard Makoni (63-3836863 S63)

Brian Chiromo (45-156522 A45)

Paradzai Chavhanga (45-173802 H45)

Paidamoyo Chiromo (45-231728 W45)

Lazarous Manhondo (63-1335299 V42)

Hazvinei Vambe (63-1273531 F25)

Nyasha Mukuku (42-220190 K77)

Tapera Mwanza (70-142645 E70)

Fanuel Namuto (70-269344 W70)

Norman Changadzo (75-526336 S75)

Gladman Tachiwei (75-484005 F42)

Shepherd Matongo (75-283212 C75)

Innocent Masawi (63-1168723 J05)

Godwin Muziwa (34-128811 L34)

“Members of the public are encouraged to report any side marketing taking place to TIMB

Inspectorate Department on the following numbers; +263 778 236 734, +263 715 898 211, +263 773 702 679, +263 772 635 966 and +263 773 034 285 or to the nearest police station,” the statement said.