Man steals cow to raise can­cer treat­ment fees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

A 45-YEAR-OLD man from Silo­bela has been jailed for nine years for sell­ing a stray heifer to a fel­low vil­lager, al­legedly to raise funds for can­cer treat­ment.

Kiz­ito Mhike of Mut­sam­badzi Vil­lage un­der Chief Gobo Silo­bela pleaded guilty to a charge of stock theft when he ap­peared be­fore Kwekwe Mag­is­trate Mr Ngo­nidza­she Nduna. The Mag­is­trate sen­tenced him to nine years in jail. In his de­fence, Mhike said he sold the heifer to pay for can­cer treat­ment.

“I did not know that it was crime to keep a stray heifer and not to ad­vise any­one about it. I also sold the heifer be­cause I wanted some money to pay for my can­cer treat­ment,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Chipo Moyo said in March last year, Mhike found a stray heifer amongst his herd of cat­tle.

“The ac­cused did not re­port this stray stock to the po­lice as re­quired by law but de­cided to keep it amonghis herd of cat­tle. On Novem­ber 5, the ac­cused sold the stray stock to Fanuel Foster Ma­gaisa for $220 which was paid in full,” she said.

“On Novem­ber 9, Ma­gaisa pro­ceeded to the ac­cused per­son’s homestead to col­lect the heifer in ques­tion. While he was on his way he got in­for­ma­tion that the heifer did not be­long to the ac­cused per­son but was stray stock.”-@wyn­nezane.

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