Police intercept bales of second-hand clothes

By Gerold Sasa

Police in Marondera have intercepted three truckloads of second hand clothes along the Harare-Mutare highway and arrested the drivers concerned.

The trucks were intercepted near Dombotombo turn off in Marondera after police received a tip-off that there were trucks carrying second hand clothes suspected to have been smuggled.

Upon arriving at a checkpoint in the highway, the trucks were signalled to stop but failed to comply, resulting in police firing shots to deflate the front tyres, leading to the arrest of the three drivers.

The smuggled second hand bales are in excess of 400.

Zimbabwe Republic Police Officer Responsible for Crime in Mashonaland East, Assistant Commissioner Amon Ndou,confirmed the incident and warned members of the public against dealing in smuggled clothes.

The three truck drivers namely Nomatter Mutsanza aged 31, 49 year old Godfrey Matimati and Chengerayi Gonzo who is 35, all fromMutare, are expected to appear in court soon on charges of failing to account for smuggled second hand clothes.