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Herd boy nicks boss’ ox to pay lobola

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14/03/2017 00:00:00
by Matabeleland North Correspondent
 
 
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HWANGE: A herd-boy who was allegedly in the habit of stealing and selling his master’s livestock and claiming predators killed them has been arrested after being caught selling an ox.

Farai Kutadzaushe,29, of Chamankanu Ranch Farm in Gwayi was arrested soon after selling the beast for $900 at Fatima Business Centre butchery.

He told police who arrested him that he wanted to raise money to pay lobola for his wife after her parents had taken her away.

He appeared before Hwange magistrate Portia Mhlanga-Moyo charged stock theft.

However, in court Kutadzaushe denied committing the crime, claiming he was wrongfully implicated, despite the fact that he was arrested at the crime scene soon after delivering the beast as he waited for his payment.

“I wasn’t a herd boy at that farm. I was only a domestic worker and I had no access to cattle,” said Kutadzaushe.

He later claimed a co-worker identified as Lameck Maseko influenced him to commit the crime.

The magistrate remanded Kutadzaushe in custody pending judgment this week.

Details of the case are that Kutadzaushe approached a cattle buyer identified as Mkhohlisi Moyo at Fatima Butchery and offered him $100 incentive if he bought a beast from him.

“On 24 January, the accused approached Mkhohlisi Moyo who is a cattle buyer at Fatima Business Centre and offered him $100 if he buys cattle from him.

“Moyo tipped the complainant who advised him to accept the offer,” said the prosecutor Loveness Maseko.

The prosecutor said Moyo, who knew Kutadzaushe as a herd boy, alerted the owner of the cattle, Cristel Dube, and the two set a trap with the police.

The court heard that Kutadzaushe drove and delivered the ox on January 26 at Fatima.

And, as fate would have it, police were waiting at the business centre and immediately arrested him as he waited for payment from Moyo.



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Dube told the court that some of his livestock went missing and he believed they had been killed by predators after Kutadzaushe told him so.


 
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