Masvingo man charged with stealing 400 cattle

MASVINGO - A senior member of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church allegedly stole over 400 cattle in Masvingo and surrounding provinces which he used to pay farm workers, a Bikita magistrate heard  on Tuesday.

Bonface Janyure, 53, of Matotote Village under Chief Mukanganwi appeared before Bikita Magistrate Bishard Chineka facing 400 counts of stock theft.

Prosecutor Richard Nyamumba told the court the case came to light last week after Janyure was involved in a heated exchange of words with one of his hired employees.

It is alleged Janyure operated a syndicate of cattle rustlers in areas like Bikita, Chiredzi, Odzi, and Chipinge.

The stolen cattle would be transported to his farm near Roy Resettlement area in Masvingo.

The disgruntled employee reported the dispute to the police who became suspicious by the huge number of cattle on Janyure’s farm, prompting investigations which bust the alleged cattle’s rustling ring.

Janyure was subsequently arrested.

Police have since recovered 80 cattle. 

Janyure was remanded in custody to next week and if convicted, the crime attracts over 100 years in prison.

Comments (4)

This case is based on a true story. I was in Bikita recently and nothing has been exaggerated out of the given report. Mombe dzaibiwa sheshuwa

Macharangwanda - 6 September 2013

Madzibaba vaiparadza vhangeri rehuwori. zvakaoma zvekunamata

CheSvingo - 6 September 2013

Madzibaba vaiparadza vhangeri rehuwori. zvakaoma zvekunamata

CheSvingo - 6 September 2013

It is amazing how seemingly religious people totally fail to observe what they preach every day. Our Christian politicians have wreaked havoc on people's lives, sometimes ordering the killing of innocent people, but those same politicians carry a rosary with them in their pockets all the time. They fail to live their religion and forget simple commandments like 'thou shall not steal' or 'thou shall not tell lies.' Some people go to church simply for the purpose of socializing or political gain(crowds).

Chenjerai Hove - 7 September 2013

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