The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Drug Pushers' Trial Date Set

THE trial of two suspected drug pushers who were arrested for allegedly trying to steal a corpse stashed with over a kilogramme of heroin worth US$112 000 in Harare has been set. Tanzanian national Mlawa Jumanne Ndumbogane (33) of number 119 Scedia Street in Pretoria, South Africa, and Mufungo Ngara (39) of Msiwa Village under Chief Mberengwa has been set for November 21.

The pair reportedly tried to steal the body of Tanzanian ally Omari Mpili who reportedly died with 1,4kg of heroin in his stomach while in transit to South Africa on October 19.

The pair has since pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody.

It is the State's case that Ndumbogane is unemployed while Ngara is an unregistered transporter in South Africa.

On October 19, the suspected drug mule Mpili arrived at Roadport in Harare from Tanzania, but failed to proceed to South Africa, his intended destination, on the same day.

Mpili, it is alleged, sought accommodation and slept in Braeside, where he died the same night. Police officers from Braeside Police Station took Mpili's body to a city funeral parlour awaiting post-mortem.

The pair proceeded to the funeral parlour on October 24 where they claimed Mpili's body but were arrested before taking it.

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