MBERENGWA – A ruling by Chief Nyamondo of Mberengwa in which he confiscated a villager's 12 head of cattle and handed them over to his son-in-law has been described by a magistrate's court as stock theft.
Magistrate Ellen Matura quashed Chief Nyamhondo's ruling where he awarded his son-in-law Julius Gumbo (73) a verdict to collect 12 beasts from a villager as replacement for his four oxen that he was duped by the later's friend five years ago.
Gumbo was allegedly duped of his beasts by Elijah Mate, an agent for a local butchery five years ago, but when Mate disappeared the Chief made a ruling that the former gets his cattle from the accused's friend Tasaranago Hove (54).
Magistrate Matura said the case must be reported to the Police as stock theft.
"I have quashed Chief Nyamhondo's ruling, he gave on February 10, 2017 because it has no merits. I therefore encourage the first applicant, Hove to report the matter to Police as stock theft and we will take the matter from there now as a criminal charge," said Matura.