A CORRUPT Lupane police officer, who facilitated the transfer of four stolen cattle by a known stock thief in the Matebeleland North area, has been slapped with a six month jail term for the offence.
This is after Constable Solace Joshua Ngarize, 34, had been approached by Maclouse Mathe, seeking a clearance letter to take the beasts to where he could sell them.
But luck ran out of the cop and his accomplice when the crime was discovered, leading to his prosecution and imprisonment.
Ngarize admitted to falsifying police cattle clearance forms to appear as if Mathe, who is still at large, was owner of the beasts stolen from Onias Moyo from the area.
He was charged with criminal abuse of office and was seen fit to be a guest of the State for the next six months by presiding magistrate Aelene Munamati after pleading guilty to the charge.
In handing the sentence, Munamati said Ngazire had committed a serious offence by his standards as a cop and deserved a custodial sentence.
State prosecutor Sanders Sibanda, told the court of how, sometime last year, Mathe stole the beasts from Moyo and approached Ngarize for police clearances forms and Ngarize obliged.
Ngazire even had the temerity to approach the village head, one Khumbulani Dube, who unknowingly appended a witness' signature as is required.
Armed with the documents, it is further said, Mathe drove the beasts to Mandalay Abattoir in Umguza where he intended to sell them but ended up fleeing and abandoning the beasts when he failed to explain some issues.
This was after he had already sold one beast to a butchery in Lupane and was asked at the abattoir about the fourth beast since the clearance documents stated that there were four cattle.
Abattoir operators phoned the police and it came out that the cattle belonged to Moyo.
Ngarize was arrested after investigations showed he prepared the falsified documents.