Zim immigrant charged for dagga cultivation

 Nkomo in court
Nkomo in court

FRANCISTOWN: When former president Ian Khama encouraged people to have backyard gardens in order to supplement their diet or generate income, some people literally took his message to the extremes even post his presidency.

This is illustrated in the case of an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe, Melody Nkomo (37), who landed in hot soup after the police uprooted several cannabis plants grown in her backyard garden without a licence (permit) authorising her to cultivate narcotics. The police uncovered Nkomo’s unlawful activities when they were patrolling the streets in Area 9 Monarch location after they received a tip-off from an informer on March 9, 2021.

On Friday during trial, the first prosecution witness constable Gomolemo Kinnear, who is a member of the Special Support Group (SSG) within the Botswana Police Service (BPS), told the court that after they received a tip-off from the informer, they went to Nkomo’s place and found her in the yard. “...After we arrived at the yard, Nkomo took us to the back of the yard where we found a garden where tomatoes and the plants that we suspected were dagga were being cultivated.

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