Harare Model Tumelo Nare To Spend More Time Behind Bars
Harare model Tumelo Nare will spend more time behind bars after she was on Wednesday further remanded in custody to next month.
The police requested more time to finalise investigations into her drug case.
H-Metro reported that Nare, who is being charged together with Precious Bango, was remanded to 7 April.
The duo first appeared in court at the beginning of March but were denied bail on the basis that they are facing a serious offence.
The magistrate ruled that the two failed to give a reasonable defence making them unsuitable candidates for bail.
The court heard that Nare, Bango, and one Jason Leeroy Pamhidzai, who is at large, checked into a local hotel.
At around 6.30 PM on 5 February, the two women allegedly started behaving strangely strolling around the hotel naked.
Delegates attending a seminar at the hotel called the police who went and arrested the duo.
The police found cocaine, an illegal drug, in their hotel room.
In their bail application, the two told the court that Pamhidzai was the cocaine consumer and that Nare, who is epileptic, had seizures.
They claimed that Nare started bleeding from the nose and Bango ran around the corridors seeking for help.
Drug Menace In Zimbabwe
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, people who have problems with drug abuse can be assisted at the following public as well as private health centres:
In case you have a son, daughter, friend, or relative who has a problem with drug abuse, the following public psychiatric institutions offer help in fighting drug addiction:
1. Sally Mugabe Psychiatric Unit (Harare)
2. Parirenyatwa Annex Psychiatric Unit (Harare)
3. Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital (Bulawayo)
4. Ngomahuru Hospital and Half-way House (Masvingo)
The following institutions also offer counselling and rehabilitation services for patients battling drug addiction:
1. Highlands Halfway Home +2638644210999
2. Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre +263273790238
3. Serenity Mind Centre +263716825245
4. Tirivanhu Rehabilitation +263773593014
5. Beatrice Rehabilitation Harare
6. Tariro Rehabilitation Centre, Harare
On 03 February this year, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) launched a nationwide operation dubbed “No to Dangerous Drugs and Illicit Substances: See Something, Say Something” to clamp down on drug cartels responsible for distributing illicit substances such as crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and illegal cough syrups.
Speaking on 20 February in Ethiopia during a wide-ranging interview with Zimbabwean journalists where he was attending an African Union summit, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the government will soon review the law on dangerous drugs. He said:
As you may be aware, we have recently moved in on dealing with the question of drugs among the youth.
I have instructed the police that anybody found drunk anywhere must be picked up and arrested and tell us where he got the drugs.
We are asking all institutions in the country churches and schools where ever you find people dealing with drugs or young people using drugs they must be arrested and make sure we protect our young people from drugs.
We also think the parents must take responsibility if they are unable to control their children they must report to the police what is happening because that will save their children.
We are going to be harsh in dealing with this issue especially those that bring drugs into the country.
We may, down the line, look at the sentencing of drug peddlers and increase the sentence.
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