Two police officers have been arrested for stealing cattle in Binga. The two cops are implicated together with a civilian for stealing three herds of cattle in Siabuwa village.
Chaosafrica learned from New Zimbabwe, that the two police officers connived together with Edward Muzamba age 40 of Siamankulu Village Naganga area, Siabuwa.
Muzamba was not asked to plead to a count of stock theft when he appeared before Binga magistrate Urgent Vundla.
Prosecutor Quiet Mpofu told the court that, the trio stole five head of cattle belonging to Jertha Muzingili (59) of Guteni village in December last year.
“On 12 December 2019, Muzingili drove her seven head of cattle to Tundazi mountain grazing area where she left them for grazing.When she returned to round them up in the afternoon, she found two while the other five were missing,” said Prosecutor Mpofu.
Muzingili later filed a report of missing cattle at the police station after failing to locate her livestock. However, during the month of December, some unnamed villagers delivered five livestock to Muzamba so he could keep them since he was the chairperson of the anti-stock theft forum.
As chairperson Muzamba notified the police about the stray cattle on 2 January. Simweru and Masakara were assigned to investigate the case. However, the two police officers connived together with Muzamba to conceal the other three livestock, which they shared one each and only recorded two livestock in the lost and found book.
In June, Muzingili was notified that her cattle were once seen at Muzamba’s homestead and went to investigate.
She positively identified two of her livestock at Muzamba’s homestead. Apparently, Muzamba had already sold his share. A police investigation was launched which led to the arrest of Muzamba who implicated the two cops who were later arrested. The trio is facing a count of stock theft each and Muzamba is remanded in custody to next week