A 66-year-old Chipinge woman appeared in court for stealing 12 cattle belonging to another villager, Newsday reports.
Eunice Dziyani of Chichichi village under Chief Mutema. denied ever stealing the cattle and said they belonged to her she lost them in 2009.
They are my cattle. I didn’t steal the complainant’s cattle. They belong to me. I lost them in 2009 when they were still seven and recovered them in 2017 in the grazing area.
It is the state’s case that:
On an unknown date, but in July 2017, the complainant Silas Matangi from Samutsa village released his 12 cattle to a grazing land in the woods of Highlands Wattle Company and left them unattended. After some days, he went to collect them, but found them missing.
He searched for them in nearby villages, but could not find them and did not report the matter to the police since he suspected that they had strayed. A month later, he saw them at Matute Business Centre and he sent his employee to collect them.
When his employee was driving off the cattle, he was confronted by Dziyani’s children who asked him where he was taking the cattle. He advised them that they belonged to his employer.
Dziyani’s children went and advised their mother about the issue and she in turn approached her church pastor about the issue. He allegedly advised her to solve the matter without involving the police.
However, she went and confronted Matangi demanding the cattle, arguing that they belonged to her and had lost them in 2009. Matangi then reported the matter to the police, leading to Dziyani’s arrest.