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    Gutu businessman pays $500 bail for stocktheft


    MVUMA - Edmore Mutero Nhemachena (36), a prominent Gutu businessman has been granted $500 bail by the High Court after a lower court convicted and slapped him with nine years in the cooler for stocktheft.
    Mutero who comes from Gutu stole seven beasts from a farm near Mvuma and was convicted by Mvuma Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda.
    The Mirror is reliably informed that Mutero's lawyer Charles Ndlovu of Ndlovu and Hwacha Legal Practioners appealed against both sentence and conviction at the Masvingo High Court and was granted bail last month.
    One of the suspects in the case, Murere a Police officer was discharged at the close of the State case while Naboth Chaurunga, an accomplice has since been convicted and jailed for 20 years after pleading guilty to the charges.
    Chibanda refused discharge of Mutero at the end of the State case after he queried how meat from beasts stolen in Mvuma were recovered in his butchery in Gutu.
    Maxwell Muungani (41) who is a teacher at Tariro Primary School in the same district who was one of the accused became a State witness.
    Nhemachena owns a number of butcheries at Mpandawana.
    The accused allegedly stole cattle belonging to Mvuma councilor Thomas Chisadza and Cleophas Dzimba of Central Estates on different occasions.
    It is the State case that on December 5 last year, the three, Chaurunga of Wheatlands Farm in Gutu, Nhemachena 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, hatched a plan to steal cattle.
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