Woman sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing 17 cattle


Marange woman sentenced to 9 years in prison for cattle theft scheme

In a significant verdict handed down by the Mutare Magistrate’s Court, a 38-year-old woman from the Marange region has been convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for the theft of 17 cattle.

According to Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ), the accused, Anna Mercy Machipe, approached the local headman, Maguta, on June 19, 2023, and requested permission to transport cattle from Marange to Nedziwa. Machipe was granted the authority and issued a stock card and permit by a Veterinary Officer stationed in Muusha Village, after falsely claiming that she had lost her original stock card.

However, on June 24, 2024, Machipe allegedly stole a total of 17 cattle belonging to a complainant. She drove the livestock away while they were drinking water at a nearby river.

In a firm stance against livestock theft, the Mutare Magistrate’s Court convicted Machipe and sentenced her to nine years in prison for her involvement in the elaborate scheme.

Cattle theft is a serious offence that undermines the livelihoods and economic security of communities. The court’s decision to impose a substantial prison term on the accused sends a clear message that such criminal activities will not be tolerated.

The public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspected livestock theft to the relevant authorities.

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