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    Gutu businessman, teacher in court for stock theft



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    MVUMA – A prominent Gutu businessman Edmore Mutero Nhemachena (36) and Maxwell Muungani (41) who is a teacher at Tariro Primary School in the Gomvi area in the same district have appeared at Mvuma Magistrates Court facing two counts of stock theft each.
    Two Police officers, Last Mazenge and Constable Murere who are alleged to be accomplices in the case are said to be on the run.
     They each face 20 years in prison if they are convicted.
    Mutero Nhemachena owns a number of butcheries in Mpandawana.
    Naboth Chaurunga (36) an unemployed man from the district who was jointly charged with the two has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the two charges.
    The trio appeared before Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda on Monday.
    The three are alleged to have stolen cattle belonging to Mvuma councilor Thomas Chisadza and Cleophas Dzimba of Central Estates on separate occasions.
    Mutero and Muungani have pleaded not guilty and they will appear in court for trial on December 23, 2016.
    Chaurunga had one year of his sentence was suspended on condition that he restitutes the complainant in the first count with $1 500 and another year was wholly suspended on condition that he restitute the complainant in the second count with $1 500 and was left with an effective 18 years.
    Prosecutor Michael Kazomba told the court that on December 5 this year, the three Chaurunga of Wheatlands Farm in Gutu, Mutero of Farm number 4, Chatsworth, Gutu who also owns Mutero Butchery and Muungani of Byth Farm in Gutu and also a teacher at Tariro in Gutu and their accomplices Last Mazenge and a Police officer Constable Murere of Gutu Police station, who are still at large hatched a plan to steal cattle.
    The three accused persons went to plot 343, Central Estates, Mvuma using motor vehicles, a mazda pickup registration number ABC 5973 owned by Mutero and an Isuzu truck registration number ABV 9020 owned by Muungani.
    At around 1130pm they arrived at Cleophas Dzimba (43)'s plot at Central Estates, Mvuma, parked their two vehicles away from the complainant's homestead and walked to the complainant's cattle pen and drove three cattle, one white cow with horns facing front without brand mark, one white ox with horns facing downwards without brand mark and one brown half bull with white spots on the face without brand mark.
    A report was made to the Police and investigations were carried out leading to the arrest of the three accused persons and recovery of ZRP livestock clearance certificate number 2068357 cleared by constable Murere of Gutu Police station and veterinary permits number 821703P issued by Veterinary doctor Mabvute of Gutu on the said stock.
    The three accused persons assisted Police with recoveries of one white cattle with a head with horns facing downwards at Mutero butchery owned by the second accused, two white skins and one brown skin at Mudziwepasi complex in Gutu.
    The recovered skins and head were all positively identified by the complainant as those of his three cattle which were stolen from his cattle pen on December 5, this year.
    The three accused persons made indications to the Police as to how they took the beasts and the place where they loaded cattle into the vehicles.
    The value of the stolen cattle is $1 500 and nothing was recovered.
    On the second count, the complainant is Thomas Chisadza of Central Estates, Mvuma and also Mvuma ward 15 councilor. On December 7, this year, the three accused persons, Last Mazenge and constable Murere of Gutu Police station who are still at large went to the complainant's plot using same motor vehicles as in first count.
    When they arrived at the complainant's plot, they parked their vehicle away from his homestead and took four cattle from his cattle pen.
    A report was made at Mvuma ZRP and investigations were carried out leading to the arrest of the three accused persons and recovery of a ZRP stock clearance certificate cleared by constable Murere and Veterinary permit issued by Doctor Potera of Gutu which were used to move the four cattle.
    The three accused persons assisted the Police in the recovery of two oxen at Gutu Abattoir, and one cattle at Mutero butchery and the two skins at Mudziwepasi complex, Gutu which were positively identified by the complainant as those of his cattle.
    The value of the cattle stolen is $2 900 and only two oxen were recovered valued at $1 450.
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