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    Gwanda men in court for stealing 26 cattle from Botswana


    GWANDA – Two Gumbi brothers from Tshanyaugwe area under Chief Marupi in Gwanda have appeared in court facing charges of stealing 26 herds of cattle from border in Botswana.
    Nicholas Gumbi (51) and his brother Nkosiyabo Gumbi (35) appeared before Shiella Nazombe at the Gwanda Magistrates courts facing stock theft charges after allegedly stealing the cattle worth $9 800.
    It is alledged that on August 16, 2016 the two accused connived with Forget Gumbi and Prestigious Gumbi who are still at large and crossed into Botswana through an illegal crossing point and stole cattle that were in the grazing area.
    Prosecutor Teererai Mahohoma said while the four were in Botswana, they went to a Sebola grazing area in Mabolwe Village and drove away 26 cattle belonging to Maemo Seloba after which they drove them to Zimbabwe through an unofficial  crossing point across Shashi River to Doddie Ban ranges in Gwanda.
    Sebola Ntone who happens to be the brother to the complainant testified against the accused.
    "When my brother told me that he had lost 26 cattle we tracked the spoor and we saw foot prints of the men driving the cattle to the Veterinary fence and that convinced us that the cattle had crossed into Zimbabwe hence we made a Police report in Botswana," he said.
    The accused were tracked through their spoor by Police from Botswana and Zimbabwe as well as the complainant and his brother resulting in the discovery of 21 cattle.
    "We went to Tshanyaugwe and we couldn't find the cattle. On August 21 as we approached Mzingwane River in Doddie Ban Ranges Farm we met Nicholas driving two cattle and the Police officer from Zimbabwe ordered him to stop and we inspected the cattle but they did not belong to Botswana.
    "We told him to wait as we searched the area and after a few metres we found a herd of cattle proceeding towards the river unattended. We stopped them only to discover that the cattle were from Botswana," added Sebola.
    The procecutor told the court that the 21 cattle that were found were rebranded in the following fashion; K3JXI belonging to Nkosiyabo Gumbi (14 cattle), G4B4V4 belonging to Nicholas Gumbi (3 cattle) and G4B4V4 belonging to Forget Gumbi (4 cattle).
    Some brands were imposed on top of the Botswana brands while some were branded aside the Botswana brands but the local Botswana brand C7 was not tempered with.
    The Gumbi brothers pleaded not guilty and their case was remanded to December 14, 2016.
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