An apostolic sect leader in Waterfalls, Harare, was yesterday sentenced to 105 hours of community service for hoarding 620kg of sugar and 10kg of powdered milk, which he said were for teas at a church conference.
Rameck Mangwana pleaded guilty to hoarding the controlled commodities but in mitigation said he intended to use the sugar and milk at a church conference where church members drink a lot of tea. Harare magistrate Ms Gloria Takundwa had initially sentenced Mangwana to three months in jail but wholly suspended this on condition that he performs community service at Waterfalls Police Station.
Mangwana starts the service on Monday Prosecutors Mrs Kudzai Chigwedere and Mr Patson Nyazamba represented the State. Agreed facts were that police received information that a haulage truck was offloading sugar and milk at Mangwana’s house.
Last Sunday, the price control team went to the house, but could not find him. They then went to his church, where they picked him up and took him to his house where they recovered the sugar and milk.