Mbare shebeen operator nabbed for selling beer to minors

By Tapiwa Svondo

Police have arrested one Phaeteon Mutiyaya (23), identified as a Mbare shebeen operator who allegedly supplied alcohol to nearly a dozen juveniles caught in a viral video on Christmas openly taking the intoxicating substance in the Harare Central Business District.

Mutiyaya operates a shebeen Block 2C10, Nenyere Flats, Mbare, Harare.

Police have since recovered quantities of assorted alcohol brands from the suspect’s premises.

“The arrest led to the recovery of: 16 x 1.25 litres Super Chibuku, 38 x 200ml Two Keys Whisky, 25 X 200 ml Gin, 20 empty beer crates, 5 X 500 ml Detroit beer, 5 X 5000 Skippers cane spirit, 3 X 750 Heinken beer, 2 X 750 ml Gondons Gin, 2 X 750 ml Robertson wine, 1 X 750 ml Chando wine, 1 X 750 ml Omega whisky, 1 X 750 ml Double Black whisky, 1 X 750 ml Discovery Vodka, 1 X 750 Pushkin Vodka and 1 X 750 ml Black Label quart,” said police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi in a Friday statement.

Further investigations have led to the identification of nine minors who were in the company of the two minors from Epworth, Harare, as shown in the circulated videos.

“Meanwhile, the Police has identified the other nine minors who were in company of the two minors from Epworth, Harare. The minors are aged 5, 7 (three), 9, 10 (three) and 11. They all reside at Nenyere Flats, Mbare with their parents and guardians who have since been located by the police,” police said.

Preliminary findings indicate the minors used money received as Christmas presents to indulge in alcohol.

“Investigations by the police have established that the minors used money given to them as Christmas presents to buy alcohol,” Nyathi said.

“The minors travelled from Mbare to Harare Central Business District and linked up with the two minors from Epworth.”

In light of this incident, police issued a warning to liquor outlet operators against selling alcohol to individuals below 18.

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