Headman up for stocktheft


A GREEDY 67-year-old village headman was taken to the Zvishavane Magistrates’ Court for stealing and slaughtering a villager’s goat before feasting on the meat in a mountain.


Victor Nyakura appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Peter Tomupeyi Madiba facing charges of stocktheft as defined in Section 114 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.

Nyakura told the court that the goat was a wild animal and he came across it while hunting in the mountain in Ndaba village under Chief Wedza, Zvishavane.

“I do not admit to the charges levelled against me of stealing a goat because the goat’s meat was not found at my homestead but in the mountain. I was hunting and came across the animal,” Nyakura said.

It was the State’s case that on April 22 in Ndaba village, the headman was walking in the area when he came across a goat belonging to Lizambo Munenge.

Nyakura slaughtered the goat and roasted the meat before eating it alone.

An eyewitness Shephered Sibanda saw Nyakura slaughtering the goat and devouring it alone, and rushed to inform the owner of the goat who mobilised other villagers and went to the scene. On arrival, they found that Nyakura had already feasted on half of the goat meat.

A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the headman.

The court ordered a psychiatric examination of Nyakura saying his actions were highly abnormal.

The case continues on June 3.