Stop stock thieves in Mat South

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Comment & Analysis -

MOST vil­lagers in Mata­bele­land South are not happy with the way they are los­ing their live­stock and har­vested crops to thieves and it is now high time the law en­force­ment agents put this to an end.

We all know that cat­tle are the back­bone of our economy but to my big sur­prise cat­tle rustlers are always on the in­crease in some parts of the prov­ince, es­pe­cially in Esigo­dini dis­trict.

Vil­lagers have been los­ing their live­stock such as goats, cat­tle and sheep for a very long time now and they feel some­thing has to be done as a mat­ter of ur­gency be­cause most vil­lagers now face hunger af­ter los­ing some of their har­vested crops to these mer­ci­less thieves who first van­dalise their gra­naries first be­fore steal­ing ev­ery­thing kept in those gra­naries.

It is so sad that these thieves mostly tar­get fe­male headed homes. I talked to some vil­lagers who said they found car­casses of their beasts in the bushes af­ter their cat­tle had dis­ap­peared in the mid­dle of the night. They sus­pect that some lo­cals were con­niv­ing with some peo­ple from Bu­l­awayo to steal their cat­tle and crops.

One fam­ily lost all its cat­tle in the Hope Foun­tain area and noth­ing was re­cov­ered. The po­lice must in­ter­vene and stop cat­tle rustlers who have caused un­told suf­fer­ing to the vil­lagers in Mata­bele­land South. I think the sen­tence given to these stock thieves are not de­ter­rent enough be­cause these thieves have con­tin­ued with their business as if there are no po­lice of­fi­cers in the dis­tricts.

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