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Police officers in trouble for fraudulent cattle clearances

Courage Dutiro
Two
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers stationed at Masvingo Rural Police
station are in hot soup after they were implicated in the falsification of
information on livestock clearance forms.
It
has been learnt that Tafadzwa Gumiso (25) of Rujeko A and Abel Mubaiwa (30) of
Sisk, Mucheke are facing charges of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer
as defined in Section 174 (1)(a) of the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform ]
Act, chapter 9:23.
The
two were attached at ZRP Masvingo Rural Station Anti-Stock theft Unit in 2017.
Part
of their duties was offering livestock-clearance services which they allegedly
abused and helped cattle thieves to escape detection.
A
docket under ZRP Masvingo Rural  CR numbers
91-92/08/19 shows that the matter come to light when Lawrence Chisango of Plot
2 Wayne farm, made a report that his cattle were stolen by his former plot
manager Cuthbert Goremusandu during his absence.
“Investigations
were instituted when a report was made. It was discovered that out of 80 cattle
which the complainant had left at his farm, only 17 were remainED. The
investigations further revealed that Cuthbert Goremusandu sold cattle to the
community within and around Masvingo.
“Cuthbert
Goremusandu is at large. The way the cattle were being cleared from Lawrence
Chisango’s farm became a subject of enquiry thus ZRP Forms 392 used to clear
the cattle were retrieved and it was discovered that some of them were
completed contrary to the laid down procedures and even contained false
information,” reads part of the docket.
It
is alleged that Gumiso on May 17, 2017, the two police officers completed ZRP
form 392 by approving false particulars of the owner and false address of where
the animals were kept.
This
enabled the clearance of three heifers and one cow from Chisango’s farm to
Temba Chakwa, of Plot 2 Sale Camp, Stop Over, Masvingo.
On
May 24, 2017, Mubaiwa completed ZRP livestock clearance form by endorsing false
particulars of seller and false particulars of the village head and it led to
the clearance of an ox for slaughter at Chisango’s farm.
The
duo recently appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Candice Kasere where they were
granted $50-00 bail each and remanded to September 27, 2019 for trial.

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