Stock­theft drag­net sucks in two Gwanda busi­ness­men

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

A GWANDA busi­ness­man who is fac­ing charges of stock­theft has im­pli­cated an­other busi­ness­man Nai­son Nkala.

Iri­mayi Muringa (54) of 1028 Phakama sub­urb al­leged Nkala fraud­u­lently used his cat­tle clear­ance cer­tifi­cate to ac­count for meat in his butch­ery lead­ing po­lice to sus­pect he had stolen two head of cat­tle. Nkala owns Lon­danyama Butch­ery in Spitzkop sub­urb. Muringa is fac­ing two counts of stock theft. He pleaded not guilty be­fore provin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Wil­lard Maphios Moyo.

In his de­fence out­line, Muringa said he did not steal the cat­tle but his ve­hi­cle de­vel­oped a me­chan­i­cal fault and he handed over his clear­ance cer­tifi­cate to Nkala who used it with­out his knowl­edge to ac­count for meat in his butch­ery which had al­legedly not been cleared.

“On April 7, 2017 he (Muringa) bought a beast at Chom­fukwe Ranch meant for slaugh­ter. At West Ni­chol­son he had a break down and handed the clear­ance cer­tifi­cate and other pa­pers to Nai­son Nkala while he at­tended to his ve­hi­cle,” said Muringa in his de­fence out­line pre­sented by his lawyer Mr Thomp­son Mab­hikwa.

He said on April 10 Nkala phoned him telling him that po­lice had been at his butch­ery and he was grate­ful that he had his (Muringa) clear­ance cer­tifi­cate.

“Ap­par­ently Nkala had used it to up­date his books at the butch­ery,” said the lawyer.

He said a Con­sta­ble Dewa called Muringa say­ing po­lice wanted to talk to him.

Muringa said when he reached Phakama Busi­ness Cen­tre he found six po­lice of­fi­cers in­clud­ing Cst Dewa and a meat In­spec­tor Mr Sim­barashe Ma­gaya.

“He was asked to ex­plain the ori­gins of the meat he left at Mathabisa Butch­ery which he did. Un­for­tu­nately, the po­lice al­ready had pre-con­ceived ideas about him.

“This was com­pounded by the fact that the po­lice sought to rely on wit­nesses who had their own fears. Po­lice told him that Nai­son Nkala and oth­ers were claim­ing that the ac­cused should not use the clear­ance cer­tifi­cate dated 07/04/17 at West Ni­chol­son as Nai­son Nkala had al­ready used the same cer­tifi­cate for his meat at his Lon­danyama Butch­ery,” said the lawyer.

Trial will con­tinue on Fri­day and Muringa was re­manded in cus­tody.—@richardmuponde.

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