Chief bans night move­ment of cat­tle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

CHIEF Bango has or­dered his sub­jects in Kezi to de­tain any truck they see trans­port­ing cat­tle at night and no­tify the po­lice as part of ef­forts to curb ram­pant rustling in the area.

In a speech dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of Mbe­m­beswana Po­lice Base in Kezi on Wed­nes­day, Chief Bango said vil­lagers have to take part in fighting crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in their area. “We vil­lagers should pre­vent trans­porters from fer­ry­ing cat­tle from this area dur­ing the night. If you see them you should de­tain them with the help of the po­lice and only re­lease them the fol­low­ing day af­ter you are sat­is­fied that they are not car­ry­ing stolen cat­tle. Cat­tle thieves are a prob­lem in this area,” said Chief Bango.

He urged the Gov­ern­ment to li­cense cat­tle buy­ers so that there was or­der in the trade as the cur­rent sce­nario al­lows any­one to buy cat­tle any­where.

“Buy­ers are a prob­lem. These peo­ple should have li­cences to buy cat­tle. We don’t want any­one to come and buy cat­tle even un­der a tree. Cat­tle should be sold at cat­tle sales be­cause any­thing out­side that is en­cour­ag­ing stock theft,” he said.

Chief Bango’s sen­ti­ments come amid reports that stock theft cases have be­come preva­lent in Kezi.

Last month, po­lice in Gwanda also banned the trans­porta­tion of cat­tle at night to curb cat­tle rustling.

The ban fol­lowed an in­ci­dent in June when vil­lagers in Mat­shet­she went on the ram­page and burnt three home­steads in Insindi re­set­tle­ment area.

The home­steads be­longed to sus­pected cat­tle rustlers and a num­ber of vil­lagers were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the dis­tur­bances and the cases are still be­fore the courts. — @pamssmup

Chief Bango de­liv­ers his speech dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of Mbe­m­beswana Po­lice Base in Kezi on Wed­nes­day

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