Moz smugglers finger Zim business cartels

MUTARE: Three Mozambican nationals here have told court that they were working for local business cartels who pay them for smuggling second hand clothes into Zimbabwe.

courtThey were slapped with a $50 fine each by Mutare magistrate after they were caught by border patrol unit smuggling bales of second hand clothes worth $2000.

The three, Tendai Mjera, 29, Nerido Arauzhu, 21, and Fungai Areshu, 32, from Chizipa village in Mozambique pleaded guilty when they appeared before magistrate, Sekai Chiwundura.

They were convicted for contravening section 182 of Customs and Excise Act.

The Mozambicans were arrested near Marymount Teachers College while loading the bales into a truck.

Asked why they committed the offence, the Mozambicans said they were working on behalf of local business cartels who were bankrolling them to smuggle the bales on their behalf.

Chiwundura said they should have use authorized entry and paid duty to the state.

The three will be deported after paying the fines.


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