Kwekwe: Eight arrested in police shebeen crackdown

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POLICE in Kwekwe have embarked on a clamp down of illegal shebeens in the wake of revelations that operators are defying Covid-19 lockdown regulations despite the surge in local transmissions.

Eight people who were operating illegal drinking outlets within the mining town were arrested and have since appeared before the courts.

Daniel Mudzemeti (40) of Poto Logistics
was slapped with a $100 000 fine when
he appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate
Florence Nago recently.

Mudzemeti was fined together with
Kudakwashe Moyo (40) who will pay $50
000 after they were found guilty of unlawfully operating a bottle store which is not an essential service.

Their co-accused Kelvin Mudzemeti (23) was acquitted of the charges.

In a related case Erick Mangisi and
Tinashe Mutanhawo who were operating
an illegal beer outlet at a joint named
Zvidhinha near Musopero Hotel in Mbizo
Section 2 appeared in court violating
Covid 19 regulations which banned the
selling of liquor.

According to state papers the joint was
selling liquor from the 3 of January to
nd 2 day of February 2021 when police
swooped on them.

Mutanhawo was found not guilty and
acquitted whilst Mangisi was slapped
with $120 000 fine or face 10 months in
prison if he defaults payment.

They appeared before magistrate Tembo on Thursday.

The owner of Madam Boss Bottlestore,
Tagona Hute and his employee Ashton
Karuva also appeared in court before
magistrate Tembo facing similar
charges.

The two however are denying
the charges and have paid $5000 bail
pending trial on the10th of March 2021.

Much Better Sports Bar manager Lewis
Guyo also appeared before magistrate
Florence Nago for allegedly selling beer
to patrons during the Covid 19 lockdown.
State papers say Nago on 28 January
around 1700hours opened his unlicensed
sports bar and sold beer to the public
through his employee Emma Mutasa in
violation of Covid 19 regulations.

He denied the charges and was granted
$20 000 fine by Magistrate Nago.

He will appear in court on 2 March 2021.

Observer