23 April 2017, GUTU – Daring cattle rustlers are terrorising areas around Bhasera communal lands in Gutu where a number of beasts have been slaughtered in their pens with all the meat; except offals, hooves and heads being carried away.
Villagers who spoke to TellZim News said the cattle rustlers normally strike at night and are boldly slaughtering and skinning the cattle on spot.
The latest incident took place at Mandirengu Bhasera’s homestead where a heifer was slaughtered in the middle of the night. Bhasera is the village head in the area.
The villagers said they had reported the matter to the police but the culprits were still to be brought to book but Chief Chingombe was looking for ways to stem the problem.
“Last week the chief held a meeting with the community to discuss the issue and map the way forward. Police officers from Bhasera also attended the meeting where they advised villagers to look after their cattle.
“The gathering, however, agreed that some police officers may be involved, something which the police denied,” one villager said.
Police at Bhasera said they were committed to bringing the cattle rustlers to book but needed the assistance of the public to identify. They said the rustlers could be people who are knowledgeable of the area.local