Wema Sepetu escapes jail after paying a fine

Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu, Wema has unveiled a new man. PHOTO COURTESY

Former Miss Tanzania Wema Sepetu has escaped a one-year jail term after paying a fine.

This is after she was found guilty of possessing and using bhang.

Wema Sepetu was found using bhang on 1st January 2017.

Tanzanian authorities had claimed that during a crackdown in her house they had nabbed two of her employees with bhang.

After being arrested, Wema spent a week in remand before she was arraigned at the Kisitu magistrates court on 8th February .

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However, the Kisutu court in Tanzania had pardoned the two employees, Angelina Msigwa and Matrida Abas.

Judge Thomas Simba’s sentenced Wema to a one year jail-term with an alternative of a Tsh 2 million fine which equivalent to sh. 88,000.

Wema Sepetu’s lawyer Alberto Msando has confirmed that the talented actress will not be going to jail after paying the fine.

The case is said to have severed Wema’s support for the Tanzanian ruling party CCM as a few weeks after being arraigned in court, Wema announced that she had crossed over to the opposition party, CHADEMA before crossing back to CCM a few months later.

Wema was part of a group of Tanzanian celebrities who  were summoned by the Tanzanian government in February 2017  for questioning over suspicions of drug trafficking.

Others included Diamond Platnumz, TID, Ray C, Idris Sultan, Abbas Mutevu, Rugemarila Mutahaba, Vanessa Mdee, Tunda, Halidali Kavila, Amani Kashozi,Vanessa Mdee and Omry Sanga.

Several Tanzanian celebrities like Ray-C and Chidi Benz  have in the past been forced to  undergo rehabilitation after they were hooked to drug abuse.