Zimbabwe

Mugabe birthday cattle stolen - 2 held

2013-04-09 22:01
Robert Mugabe (Picture: AP)

Robert Mugabe (Picture: AP)

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Harare - Two provincial officials from Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party have appeared in court charged with stealing 10 cattle meant for the veteran leader's birthday celebrations, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege the pair was entrusted with 10 cattle donated by a local farmer for Mugabe's birthday bash in Mutare city.

"They unlawfully and with the intention to steal, converted the cattle to their own use thereby committing the crime of stock theft," read part of the prosecution case.

Mike Madiro and Dorothy Mabika deny the charges, lawyer Tinofara Hove told AFP.

Mugabe, who turned 89 in February, celebrates his birthday every year with a public rally organised by the Zanu-PF youth league.

He is often lavished with gifts, including livestock, by well-wishers and allies.

This year, central bank governor Gideon Gono, a close ally of Mugabe, gave the long-time ruler 89 head of cattle.

After an initial hearing on Monday, the pair is expected to return to court on 22 May.

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