Former minister Goche arrested for stock theft

Former minister Goche arrested for stock theft

Former National Security minister Nicholas Goche was on Wednesday arrested by the Zimbabwe Republic Police for stealing an undisclosed number of cattle in Bindura.

Goche who spent Wednesday night in custody appeared in court today facing stock theft charges.

National police spokesperson Assistant Comm Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest.

Nicholas Goche was also the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development in the old dispensation.

He said some time in 2018, Goche reportedly sold 40 beasts worth US$35,600 to one Honest Mupanedengu of Series Farm in Shamva.

He appeared before Bindura magistrate Ms Tendai Chifamba facing stock theft charges and was remanded to October 21 on $50 000 bail.

As part of his bail conditions, Goche was order to surrender his passport at Bindura Magistrate Court, report every Friday at Shamva Police Station, reside at his Shamva farm residence and not to interfere with witnesses.

The complainant in the matter is Honest Mupanedengu (43) of house number 32 Dindingwe Road, Mufakose in Harare and is self-employed as a farmer.

It is alleged that on November 13, 2018 Goche sold 40 beasts to Mupanedengu. The payment was made through a bank transfer into a CABS account number 1036879593.

The complainant took delivery of 22 steers for slaughter but was unable to transport the remaining 18 to Chiredzi due to a foot and mouth disease outbreak.

Mupanedengu alleges he was finally cleared by the veterinary department to transport the cattle valued at US$18 000 only to discover they had been sold.

He filed a police report leading to the arrest of Goche.

The former Zanu PF politburo member served in cabinet holding a number of portfolios until 2014.

He was then sacked after being accused of trying to kill the President as part of a coup.