Chipinge teacher, Gov worker in court for stock-theft

Fungayi Munyoro

CHIPINGE – A Chipinge school teacher, a Government hospital worker and an accomplice have appeared in court charged with stock-theft.

The three appeared at Chipinge Magistrates Court after they allegedly connived to steal stray cattle around Chipinge town.

Farai Gurudza (44) of Gaza O, David Sibiya (41) and Enock Sibiya (35) both of Medium Density Suburb appeared before Chipinge Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzi.

Sibiya is employed as a teacher but his station was not mentioned in State papers, Enock works in the Statistics Department at Chipinge District Hospital and Gurudza is not employed.

Sibiya also appeared in court last Friday on another account of obstructing the course of justice, he denied the offence and was remanded out of custody on RTGS$ 5 000 bail.

In the current case all three who are represented by Langton Mhungu of Mhungu and Associates were released on RTGS$10 000 bail each and barred from interfering with witnesses.

Prosecutor Timothy Katsande said between September 2020 and May 30, 2021 the three connived on four different occasions to steal stray cattle. They allegedly worked together with Edson Mabvirakare who is on remand at Mandikisi Farm Prison on stock-theft charges.

“Sibiya assigned Mabvirakare and Gurudza to look for stray cattle in grazing areas around Chipinge town. After locating the cattle, Gurudza and Mabvirakare would drive away the cattle to their slaughtering area which is close to town. They would then transport away the meat and look for buyers. They shared the proceeds,” said Katsande.

Police received a tip off from members of the public leading to the arrest of the suspects.

They were remanded to June 21, 2021 for continuation of trial.

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