Cattle Rustlers from Zambia have once again come.

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By Netsai Muleya

Binga villagers continue to count their loses as suspected cattle rustlers from Zambia continue to
wreck havoc with no solution in sight.
Recently a 44-year-old Binga woman, Betty Sidinda of Village 2 under Chief Shana lost 15 herd of
cattle to the daring northern neighbour thieves.
Matebeleland North Police spokesperson, Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident.
Sidinda said her children released a herd of 25 cattle for grazing but when they rounded them up
late in the afternoon, 15 were missing. They tracked the spoors to the Zambezi River were they
disappeared.
“The herd was released for grazing at Sidinda grazing area and when they went to round them up
around 3pm, her son Mikael Ndlovu discovered that 15 cattle were missing from the herd. He
searched for the cattle until he returned home around 8:30pm with only 10 and notified his
mother,” said Banda
In a similar incident a Jambezi farmer Nambikwa Ncube (46) and wife Irene Zulu (41) said they
abandoned cattle rearing after they lost their entire herd to Zambian thieves who drove the
domestic animals across the Zambezi River.
Over the years, villagers along the Zambezi River have claimed to have lost dozens of cattle to
suspected thieves from across the river in Zambia. Each time some herd is lost, spoors lead to the
river where they disappear.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said his ministry was in the process
of resourcing police officers with patrol vehicles and other electronic gadgets like drones to try and
address the scourge.

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