Guard accused of poisoning 544 cattle at Nyambirai farm

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A SECURITY guard at top lawyer Tawanda Nyambirai’s farm, who allegedly poisoned 544 cattle there, resulting in the death of 144, appeared in court yesterday.
Paradzai Kamwaza appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with malicious damage to property and animal cruelty.
The matter was postponed to February 7 after Kamwaza disputed the age supplied by the police and said he was only 17 years old and not 18 as claimed earlier.
Kamwaza has been confined to the juvenile section at remand prison pending finalisation of the age issue.
The State alleged that Kamwaza was employed as a security guard at Marvel Farm which had 544 cattle of various breeds.
Kamwaza and his accomplice, Timothy Katsekete, who is still at large, allegedly connived to poison the cattle.
The court heard they mixed stock feed with a poisonous substance, resulting in the death of 144 cattle valued at $1 365 000.
On January 28 at around 2pm, Kamwaza was found with a container full of paraquat herbicide by Joshua Nyambirai, one of the farm managers.
He was handed over to the police and when interrogated implicated his accomplice as the one who mixed the poisonous substance with the cattle feed.
Investigations revealed that the farm does not use the herbicide that was found on Kamwaza.
Samples of carcasses were taken to a government veterinary surgeon and it was discovered that the deaths were a result of the poison fed to the cattle.
Kamwaza failed to give a satisfactory explanation why he had the herbicide on his persons.
According to the State, 421 other cattle that were exposed to the poison are in a dire state.

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