The police in the Kavango Region have cautioned anyone intending to buy cattle to first verify the authenticity of the seller’s ownership before purchasing such cattle.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional acting Crime Co-ordinator, Detective Inspector Chrispin Mubebo in an interview with Nampa today particularly singled out people buying cattle on the street, saying they should first ask for documents proving that the sellers own the cattle.
Should there be suspicions, he advised them to contact their nearest police station.
Mubebo warning came after three men were caught red-handed while trying to sell the carcasses of cattle they allegedly stole and then slaughtered.
The culprits were apprehended at Mayongora village situated some 80 kilometres South of Rundu on Saturday morning after a man who intended to buy the meat reported them to the police after they failed to produce proof that they owned the cattle.
The three accused persons - Joseph Rufinus, Nathanael Marungu and Mathew Haingura - appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court yesterday and were granted bail of N.dollars 2 000 each.