MVUMA- Two Mvuma cops, Sergeant Christian Muchemwa (44), Nhliziyo Sithuli (36) have appeared at the local courts facing stocktheft charges after they allegedly cleared five stolen cattle.
The State says that they cleared the cattle valued at RTGS$207 000 with an intention to steal.
The two were granted $5 000 bail by Magistrate Tatenda Makwanya on Thursday last week.
It is the State case that the two cops and Emmanuel Khami (46) who is employed as a general hand at ZRP Mvuma connived with Elvis Takawira (46) employed as a domestic worker by the complainant and Vimbai Magudu (24) who is not employed to steal cattle from Tichaona Denhere.
Denhere is living outside Zimbabwe and he is being represented in court by Chrisy Mupande.
The cattle were from Plot number 221, Central Estates in Mvuma.
Magudu who is being represented by Knowell Mambare of Alex F and Associates and Sithuli, Muchemwa and Khami who are represented by Ukumetsi Nare of Maseko Law Chambers all got bail while Takawira who did not have a representative was remanded in jail to April 1, 2021.
State representative, Ellen Khosa said on May 20, 2021, Takawira and Magudu who is not employed connived to steal one brownish ox from Denhere. They approached Muchemwa for clearance of the beast and purported to have sold it to Magudu.
Muchemwa allegedly cleared the stolen ox under ZRP Livestock clearance certificate number 3107847 despite him knowing that the owner was not present and that there was no stock card or register.
He allegedly further endorsed the full particulars of Innocent Denhere as the purported owner and inscribed a signature as that of the owner.
A tip off was made to the Police leading to the arrest of the accused persons. The stolen ox is valued at RTGS$ 41 000.
In the second count, on September 23, 2020, Takawira and Magudu took two oxen and one bull belonging to Denhere. Khami facilitated the clearing of the two oxen that they sold to Ishmael Mazamani on behalf of Naume Katiyo of Gweru and a bull that was sold to Agripa Ruhanya of Mushayabvudzi in Mvuma.
Khami also allegedly facilitated the collection of the cattle to the two buyers. A tip off was made and an investigations was carried out leading to the arrest of the accused persons. The three cattle are valued at RTGS$ 125 000 and nothing was recovered.
On the third count, on October 4,2020, Takawira and Magudu allegedly stole one brownish ox and sold it to Taruvinga of Takawira Teachers’ Cottage in Mvuma. Sithuli facilitated the collection of the ox by clearing it despite having not been shown any stock card or register with the name of the owner. Takawira was used as the owner and Magudu signed the forms as the village head. https://masvingomirror.com