THE rise in cattle rustling in Chirundu has raised concerns among the locals who have appealed to government to come to their aid.

Headman Njaame of Machavika Village in the district’s Mushungu ward said rustlers had continued to steal and slaughter their animals with unbelievable impunity.

Speaking on behalf of the headmen, headman Njaame appealed to concerned authorities to move in quickly to save the people’s animals from being stolen.

Headman Njaame also regretted that there were some unscrupulous people working with suspected thieves that had established kraals to harbour stolen and stray cattle.

He said such animals had been spotted in the mountains between Njaame and an area called four miles.

He advised those that may have lost their livestock to check for them in the Njaame mountains.

The matter has been since reported to the police who have called for a meeting at Lusitu police post to address the matter.

Headman Njaame appealed to the local residents to desist from being used as agents in the ‘dirty’ business.

Meanwhile Mushungu ward council Mr Ben Munsaka has confirmed that the development which he described as disturbing and saddening especially that most farmers lost their livestock during the dry spell.

He assured that he would involve the security to restore sanity in the district and bring all cattle rustlers to book.

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