Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
Three men who reportedly connived and stole three oxen in Zvimba before taking them to Chegutu have appeared in court.
Elfas Choto, 37, Gift Chemhuru, 36, both of Motsi Village and Honest Mujakachi, 43, of Gwekerere Village under Chief Chirau appeared before Chinhoyi provincial magistrate Tamari Chibindi charged with stock theft.
Choto pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to nine years in prison but his accomplices, Chemhuru and Mujakachi, who were represented by Joshua Mangeyi of Mangeyi law chambers pleaded not guilty and were given a bail of$10 000 each coupled with stringent conditions.
Prosecuting, Review Nikisi told the court on May 11, 2021, at around 6pm Cleto Mambai, who is the complainant, closed his cattle in their cattle pen including the three oxen which were tied with ropes on the kraal pillars.
The trio is said to have gone to Mambai’s kraal and stole the cattle.
Mujakachi is said to have also cooperated in the syndicate by giving directions to Choto and Chemhuru to reach Mambai’s kraal and more so, to facilitate a buyer soon after accomplishing their mission.
On the same night, Choto and Chemhuru went to Mambai’s place of residence where they stole the three oxen from the cattle pen, and drove them to village six Chambara in Chegutu as they had agreed with Mujakachi so that they dispose of the loot and share the proceeds.
Information was then received from reliable sources to the effect that Choto and Chemhuru had driven three oxen to Sonia Gambanga’s homestead in village six where they were selling them.
Police swiftly reacted to the tip off and went to Village six leading to the arrest of the trio which had already arrived at Gambanga’s homestead with the beasts.
The three were interrogated and confessed that they had stolen the three beasts from Chirau area and also led the police to Mambai’s homestead for indications where they narrated fully how they stole the three oxen before taking them to village six.