ZVISHAVANE - A Zvishavane businessman and his four colleagues are in trouble after they were caught by the anti-corruption team and police for violating procedures of buying and transporting cattle.
Tyson Phiri, who owns the BB butchery in Mandava and his colleagues Kenny Matondo, Abisha Msindo, Law Msindo and Admonish Siziba recently spent a night behind bars after being found guilty of buying cattle and transporting them without a clearance from the veterinary and police.
It was heard that they bought three cattle from Akim Mpala and Alfred Kangombe both of New Canaan village from Debia, Insiza on credit and failed to pay.
"On 2 July, 2017 we sold three cattle to Tyson, one from Mpala and two were mine on credit saying he will pay within seven days but he failed to pay.
"We then approached the anti-corruption team in Zvishavane for help. Thus when we discovered that what happened in the buying of our cattle was unlawful, the police in Gwamanyanga base produced a clearance form without visiting the scene where the cattle were bought," said Kangombe.
Zvishavane anti-corruption member Marxwell Moyo said he phoned the police who cleared the cattle and visited the scene.
"As an anti-corruption team, we made investigations on whether Tyson Phiri and his colleagues had followed required procedures in buying the cattle and when we discovered that they had not, we then approached the police and set a trap for them.
"The team was intercepted at the BB Butchery in Mandava upon delivering five slaughtered cattle but could not produce any clearance from the police and a veterinary permit. It was also discovered that for all the beef in the butchery, no clearance procedures were made," said Moyo.local