Police tempered with Nyemudzo’s illicit brew-court told
CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER
CHIPINGE-A forensic scientist testifying in Robert Nyemudzo’s (42) case of brewing illicit beer has said that Police tempered with exhibits produced in court.
Sibongile Ncube said this before Chipinge Resident Magistrate Franklin Mkwananzi and added that the samples contained traces of harmful substances.
Nyemudzo who was disqualified by Zanu Pf after winning the Chipinge South constituency in the party’s primary elections is charged with contravening the Harmful Liquids Act (Chapter 9:10).
He will be back in court on May 3, 2023 for sentencing.
Ncube said Police officers removed seals and opened the brews thereby tempering with the evidence.
Nyemudzo of 708 Phase 2 Checheche Growth Point is represented by Simon Simango of Nyikadzino and Simango Associates and is denying the charge.
Simango insisted that the illicit beer was planted by Nyemudzo’s enemies who want to ruin his political career.
Nyemudzo recently contested in Zanu PF’s primary elections for a ticket to represent the party in Chipinge South and he emerged the winner beating the current Member of Parliament (MP) Enock Porusingazi by 4733 votes against 1585.
He was disqualified after winning on allegations of brewing illicit beer.
Prosecutor Thulani Zondwayo told the court that the illicit brew was seized by Police officers executing an operational order ‘No to illicit alcohol products’ at Nyemudzo’s homestead on October 29, 2020 around 11 am.
The arresting officer, Honour Joseph Tevera and three other officers received a tipoff that Nyemudzo was brewing illicit beer at his homestead and went to investigate.
They found 15 people mixing and diluting ethanol blend with water and packaging it into 200ml plastic bottle containers. The officers told the brewers that they were under arrest and they allegedly said that they work for Nyemudzo who was away from the homestead.
Police then confiscated 20860 by 100ml of illicit beer, 2380 by 200ml empty plastic bottle containers, 6 by 20litres bottles of diluted ethanol and advised Nyemudzo to surrender himself at Checheche Police Station the following day.