BUHERA – Two notorious cattle rustlers who were arrested for stealing cattle from Buhera villagers have been slapped with 18 year- jail terms each after Magistrate Tendai Mahwe noted they were not committing the crime for the first time.
Magistrate Mahwe said Jarney Mumanyi (32) and Austin Nyepai (24) from Masvingo and Dzingira Villages in Buhera’s Chief Nyashanu area respectively were not willing to repent after they this time stole 21 cattle.
The Mirror heard in the court that the two are on bail after being convicted and slapped with 36 and 27 years’ jail terms respectively in June 2021 for stock theft. Mumanyi has three separate counts of stock theft committed in Buhera.
Tawonga Mawire represented the State.
The duo was nabbed by Police at a road block along the Dorowa and Wedza route driving cattle to UniFresh Abbatoir in Harare on December 10, 2021.
The beasts were stolen from two families and the complainants in the matter are Richard Kusisa (61) from Hanyire Village under Chief Nyashanu and Pwanyiwa Nzembe from Mushaka Village under chief Nyashanu in Buhera.
Gladmore Dzenzi (32) from Mutoko who provided the truck was acquitted on the basis that he had no intention to deprive anyone of the stolen beasts.
On December 10, the two accused went to Kusisa’s homestead and stole four cattle. They proceeded to Nzembe’s homestead and stole 17 cattle.
They drove the cattle to a nearby forest where the accused persons met Dzenzi who had come from Harare with a Hino Ranger truck at 2am.
They loaded 11 cattle in the truck and left for Harare after leaving one accomplice guarding the other 10 cows in the bush. At 3:45am the truck was stopped at a roadblock in Mukamba area between Dorowa and Wedza.
Police noticed that the description of the cattle in the truck did not match that on the clearance certificate and they were arrested by Constable Chinete manning the roadblock.
All the beasts were returned to their owners.