The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) through its lawyer Taurai Lazarus Makuvise stood its ground and won a case against a Harare man who was charged and fined $25 000 rtgs for a crime of offering Postal services without postal licence.
The Harare man Masawi Tichafa recently appeared before magistrate courts facing a crime of operating as a postal service agent without a postal licence issued to him by Potraz.
Appearing before Harare magistrate court, the accused pleaded guilty for collecting parcels from senders in Harare for deliveries to addreses in Bulawayo.
Representing Potraz, Lazarus Makuvise said they acted on a tip off and inspected premises of an illegal operator (Kutakura Intercity) and found the accused Mr Masawu manning the office.
Makuvise also said in his court papers
”In the process of inspection he showed us customer items (Courier parcels) destined for Bulawayo. We collected all the items and took them to ZRP Licence Inspectorate offices together with the suspect.One of the suspects is based in Bulawayo, he was contacted by the police and will be travelling to Harare to submit his statement.”
Potraz lawyer Taurai Makuvise convinced the court though the forfeiture was set aside and accused was given back his van and goods.The information came to light on 6April 2021 that accused was collecting parcels from the senders in Harare for deliveries to Bulawayo.
The informant made a report at ZRP Harare License Inspectorate accompanied by Constables Nyanzou, Chiwambutsa and Mundezha who were investigating the matter.
The Potraz official recovered the parcel containing various goods listed from which he had been paid for by the senders.They discovered that the accused was offering Postal Services without a license there by contravening section 32 (2) of the Postal Telecommunications Services ACT Chap 12 :05 of 200.
The accused person had no right to offer postal services without a licence and Potraz lawyer Taurai Makuvise stood tall to warrant the court to rule in his corner.This should go out as a lesson to chancers who want to profit at the expense of Potraz or responsible authorities.