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Police Bust Cattle Rustling Ring: Eight Arrested in Kadoma, 41 Cattle Recovered

Police in Kadoma have apprehended eight individuals suspected of cattle rustling, including three women, as part of an intensified effort to combat stock theft in the region.

The operation resulted in the successful recovery of 41 cattle.

Among those arrested were a father and his son, identified as Francis Masvora, 54, and Takudzwa Masvora, 26, who were discovered to have been targeting farmers in and around Kadoma.

According to Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the national police spokesperson, investigations into the matter are ongoing.

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He stated, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Francis Masvora, aged 54, and Takudzwa Masvora, aged 26, in connection with a series of stock theft cases, during which the suspects stole 28 cattle in and around the Turf Area of Kadoma between January 2023 and February 2024.”

Acting on a tip-off on March 27, 2024, a police team raided the residence of the two suspects in Eiffel Flats, Kadoma, leading to the recovery of eight cows, four heifers, one bull, and two calves from the suspects’ kraal.

These animals were positively identified by five complainants.

Further investigations revealed that the suspects had sold 13 cattle to five buyers. The recovered cattle were valued at US$14,000.

On March 30, authorities in Chakari arrested Tawanda Musongeya, a meat vendor, at his residence in Meldon Ace Mine Compound.

A search of Musongeya’s house uncovered a full carcass of beef. During interrogation, Musongeya implicated his brother, Hardlife Musongeya, and brother-in-law, Praise Mboni, as his accomplices.

However, both fled their homestead upon the arrival of law enforcement.

Subsequent investigations revealed that the trio had assigned their wives, Tirevel Jacob, 32, Kudzanai Salimu, 19, and Noster Simon, 34, to sell the stolen meat in Dalny Compound, Chakari. Consequently, the wives were also taken into custody.

Following Musongeya’s guidance, the police proceeded to Kabhanga grazing land, where they found evidence confirming that the suspects had stolen and slaughtered cattle in Mukamba Area, Chakari.

Items recovered from the site included one brown hornless cow head, four hooves, offal, and one brown hide.

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