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MUTARE-Provincial Magistrate Perseverance Makala has fined a Mutare man US$200 for setting up an ‘alternative’ cheap tollgate at his farm a few meters from the 22 Miles tollgate.
Padina Dzumbira will serve six months in jail should he fail to pay the fine.
Dzumbira was found guilty of contravening Section 3A (3) of Statutory Instrument (SI) 250/21 of the Toll Road (National Road Network Amendment) law governing tollgates.
The S.I. bars the use of a private bypass road falling within a kilometre of a tollgate unless authorized by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.
A Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage was played in court as evidence, and witnesses from the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) also testified.
Dzumbira denied collecting money from motorists and insisted that the motorists were passing through his farm to buy fresh farm produce from his or other farms.
Sharon Chibvongodze prosecuted.