TIMOTHY Katsekete on Monday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts facing allegations of maliciously damaging property and causing the deaths of 123 cattle valued at ZWL1 365 000 belonging to businessman and lawyer Tawanda Nyambirai.
The accused, who at the time the offence happened was a guard at Nyambirai’s livestock farm, allegedly committed the crime alongside Paradzai Kamwaza, who is already in police custody.
During the period stretching from December 2019 to January 26, Katsekete and his accomplice, Kamwaza, allegedly hatched a plan to kill by poisoning their employer, Nyambira’s cattle.
The farm reportedly hosted about 544 cattle of various breeds. Katsekete and Kamwaza allegedlly mixed the stockfeed with paraquat, a poisonous herbicide.
One hundred and twenty-three cattle of mixed varieties allegedly died from the poisoning, with their total worth is said to be ZWL1 365 000.
The 421 cattle that pulled through are allegedly in a grim condition. On January 28, at around 2pm at Marvel Farm, Glen Forest, Kamwaza was allegedlly found in possession of a five-litre container full of paraquat, a herbicide, by Joshuwa Nyambirai, one of the farm managers.
The State claims investigations revealed that the livestock farm does not have any need for the said herbicide.
Samples of meat from the carcases were taken to a government veterinary surgeon, where it came out that the deaths of the cattle were due to poisoning. The motive for the act is still unknown.
The State denied Katsekete bail on the grounds that there was overwhelming evidence against him, making the complainant a flight risk.
The accused will appear before the courts again on Tuesday (tomorrow).
— Zim Morning Post