March 22, 2024

Father, son (16) nabbed for stock theft

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Conrad Mupesa Mupesa-Mashonaland West Bureau

Police in Mhangura have arrested a father and his son for stock theft.

Taurai Takawira (43) of Plot 56 Deerhurst Farm, Mhangura and Tinotenda Takawira (16) of L13 Damba location, Mhangura, were arrested Monday.

Provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Ian Kohwera confirmed the arrest in a statement yesterday.

It is alleged that the two were spotted by villagers driving a Honda Fit registration number AEL-0983.

Police officers searched the vehicle and found blood-stained buckets.

Further interviews led the two to admit that they had stolen a beast at Mr Peter Chikowore’s Plot 1 Riversdale Farm in Mhangura.

“They later led police to the place they had slaughtered it and a hide was recovered.

“They further led the police to House number Q09 Damba, Mhangura where the carcass was recovered from Ruth Mabandi (39),” he said in a statement.

The head was recovered at Seven Million canteen, Mhangura from Mercy Kuzamba (38) and the hide matched with the missing beast.

The complainant, Mr Chikowore, had reported the missing brown cow at ZRP Mhangura the same day.

Inspector Kohwera applauded the residents for their vigilance and quick reaction that led to the arrest of the two suspects.

“We continue urging the general public to work together with the police to eradicate criminal elements from the society.

“Farmers are also reminded to regularly monitor their stock be it day and night to avoid access to them by criminals. Regular monitoring also helps farmers to report cases early to police for quick follow-ups while evidence is still fresh,” he said.

The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

In 2022 and 2023, at least 2500 cows and over 2800 goats were stolen in Mashonaland West.

Marian Chombo said the province was battling stock theft across all its seven districts.

“We are an agro-based economy with livestock production playing a pivotal role in the lives of peasant and commercial farmers. The scourge in stock theft cases is worrisome and paints a gloomy picture ahead of us.

“In 2022 and 2023 alone, the province recorded 2600 cases with over 2500 cows and 2800 goats getting stolen,” she said.

Only 278 people were arrested in connection with the cases with 947 cows and goats having been recovered.

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