A security guard employed at Tawanda Nyambirai’s farm allegedly killed 123 cattle worth nearly $1,4 million belonging to the businessman.
The guard, Paradzai Kamwaza, thought to be 18 but claims to be 17, was employed as a security guard at Marvel Farm livestock. He appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa on Thursday.
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Kamwaza was remanded in custody to February 7 pending a determination of his age.
He is alleged to have connived with Timothy Katsekete, who is still at large, to administer poison to the cattle during feeding.
The duo allegedly used a poisonous herbicide called paraquat, leading to the death of 123 cattle.
Nyambirai’s farm had 544 cattle of various breeds and those that succumbed to the poison were 47 of mixed breed, 21 heifers mixed breed, 46 heifers Brahman, 21 mixed breed and nine steers.
421 cattle survived but are reported to be in a grim state.
The motive for poisoning the cattle is not yet known.