Top Zimbabwean lawyer and businessman Tawanda Nyambirai lost 123 cattle worth nearly 1.4 million Zimbabwe dollars (about 82,000 U.S. dollars) after his farm guard allegedly laced stockfeed with herbicide, a local newspaper reported on Friday.
Another 421 cattle survived the poisoning but are in “a sorry state,” according to the Herald.
The farm guard appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa on Thursday and was remanded in custody to Feb. 8 pending determination of his actual age.
Although court papers indicated that he was 18 years old, the guard said he was 17.
The guard, who was on Jan. 28 found by a farm manager with a container full of herbicide, was handed over to the police after he failed to explain what he needed it for.
Upon interrogation, the guard implicated a colleague, saying he was the one who would administer the poison to the cattle.
Samples of carcasses were taken to a government veterinary surgeon who confirmed that death was caused by poisoning. Enditem