GWANDA police have launched a blitz targeting cattle rustlers who have been terrorising farmers in the district.
In the past weeks, farmers who lost their cattle managed to locate some of their livestock’s in Shanyawugwe and Makhado near Beitbridge among other areas.
Some villagers and two police officers were heavily assaulted by the suspected cattle thieves who tried to block the search parties from accessing their areas.
Officer commanding Gwanda District police Chief Superintendent Mandlenkosi Moyo said various arms of the police have been deployed to the areas suspected to be the epicenter of cattle rustling.
He said they are patrolling with the Dog section, Support Unit, and horse Unit.
In a whatsap audio to farmers in the district, Chief Sup Moyo called on farmers who may have fallen victim to the rustlers to converge to Shanyawugwe Business centre on Wednesday to help identify the stolen cattle.
“We have been on the ground with over 100 police details since the weekend and have arrested some of the suspects. We have also managed to recover hundreds of suspected stolen cattle. The operation will continue until we bring the matter to a close,” he said.
Chief Sup Moyo said the farmers will also be taken to grazing areas where some of the stolen cattle were being kept by the rustlers.
He said police will not spare any effort to address the problem.
“We know some of you have been raising complaints on how police have handled the problem of stock theft cases. We will attend to your concerns as our public relations teams will be available as well. We want to solve this problem before we lose lives,” he said.