Africa Zimbabwe: Former minister arrested for cattle theft

Zimbabwe: Former minister arrested for cattle theft

A former Zimbabwean minister was arrested in Bindura in central Mashonaland province on charges of stealing cattle, local media reported Friday.

Nicholas Goche is facing theft accusations after his arrest late Thursday, local Sunday News reported.

Honest Mupanedengu, a farmer in Shamva, said Goche failed to surrender 18 heifers, according to a purchase agreement, I Harare reported.

Mupanedengu said Goche sold him 40 heifers Nov. 13, 2018. He collected 22 heifers after the first payment was made through a bank transfer.

But the complainant said Mupanedengu was supposed to collect the remaining 18 heifers at a later date.

The former minister, however, sold the 18 heifers without Mupanedengu‘s knowledge.

When Mupanedengu approached Goche to collect the remaining heifers, he was told that they had been already sold.

The cattle were estimated at $18,000, and nothing has been recovered, I Harare reported.

Goche occupied positions as Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development in the old dispensation in the Harare Bureau, according to reports.