80 Mid­lands cat­tle rustlers ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

STOCK THEFT cases in the Mid­lands Prov­ince have de­clined by 37 per­cent so far this year on last year’s fig­ure.

From Jan­uary to date 529 cases were recorded com­pared to 842 cases dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Of­fi­cially launch­ing the Po­lice Client Ser­vice Char­ter and Cat­tle Brand­ing at Joel Busi­ness Cen­tre in Zhombe last Fri­day, the of­fi­cer com­mand­ing po­lice Mid­lands Prov­ince, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Abi­gail Moyo said the po­lice force was com­mit­ted to safe­guard­ing farm­ers’ live­stock, es­pe­cially cat­tle.

“This year from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber 529 cat­tle were stolen as com­pared to 842 cat­tle stolen dur­ing the same pe­riod last year trans­lat­ing to a 37 per­cent de­crease. I be­lieve if the cat­tle brand­ing ini­tia­tive is taken se­ri­ously cases of stock-theft in­volv­ing cat­tle will de­crease and also strays would be iden­ti­fied eas­ily,” she said.

Snr Ass Com Moyo said about 80 cat­tle rustlers were ar­rested in the prov­ince this year in what she said was con­fir­ma­tion that the com­mu­nity and the po­lice were ef­fec­tively join­ing hands to re­duce crime.

She said the re- launched cat­tle brand­ing ex­er­cise in Zhombe is an at­tempt to re­duce stock theft in the prov­ince in par­tic­u­lar and the coun­try in gen­eral.

Cat­tle brand­ing was launched in the prov­ince in 2011.

“All the cat­tle should be branded for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses and to re­duce stock theft. Brand­ing has proved to be the most ideal way of re­duc­ing stock theft among other mea­sures. I’m happy to note that the cat­tle brand­ing ini­tia­tive has been re­ceived pos­i­tively through­out the Mid­lands prov­ince,” she said.

Brand­ing, Snr Ass Com Moyo said, al­lows own­ers of stray cat­tle to eas­ily iden­tify their live­stock us­ing unique brand names and num­bers.

As part of the cat­tle brand­ing sys­tem, farm­ers are is­sued with brand­ing cer­tifi­cates which are fed into a com­put­erised sys­tem.

This, Snr Ass Comm Moyo said, will make it easy to lo­cate the own­ers of stray or stolen cat­tle at the touch of a but­ton any­where in the coun­try.

“Let me take this op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age farm­ers here present to ap­ply for per­sonal brand cer­tifi­cates and urge you to have the uni­ver­sal brand­ing iron. If we work to­gether tire­lessly the gov­ern­ment eco­nomic blue print, Zim-As­set clus­ter on Food and Nu­tri­tion would be achieved. We are hop­ing that by the end of next year all the cat­tle in Zim­babwe will be branded,” she said.— @patiemt­siwi.

Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Abi­gail Moyo hands out client ser­vice char­ter book­lets to vil­lagers in Zhombe last Fri­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.