A CATTLE farmer in the Uukwiyuushona village in the Oshana Region, Julius Mvula, has reported that he lost five head of cattle, allegedly stolen from the grazing field, slaughtered, the meat loaded in a getaway vehicle and transported to an unknown destination.
The incident happened at the Oshitundu cattle post on Saturday evening and was reported to the police Sunday morning.
According to the police, the five head of cattle were driven from the grazing field to an unused kraal where they were slaughtered and the meat loaded in a vehicle.
Only the hides were found at the spot.
This latest incident of livestock theft has galvanized the police to reiterate its warning against buying stolen goods and its call to owners of slaughterhouses to, at all times, have documentary proof showing that the meat they sell is not procured through criminal channels.
“A criminal case will be opened against anyone found with meat without documentary proof of how it was acquired,” said Inspector Thomas Aiyambo.
He urged members of the public to refrain from buying stolen goods and encouraged people to report suspected criminal activities to the nearest police station or to contact the following emergency numbers: Oshakati (081 363 0666), Ongwediva (081 387 3555), and Ondangwa (081 402 9009).