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Ex-governor’s cattle starve to death

Itai Dzamara

ABOUT 50 head of cattle were starved to death at Olympia Farm in the Pomona area near Mazowe owned by former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Kombo Moyana.

“Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) confirmed yesterday the death of the cattle earlier this week.

Meryl Harrison, the society’s chief inspector, said: “Indeed, about 50 cattle died at Olympia Farm owned by Kombo Moyana and tests carried out by veterinarians indicated that they died due to starvation.”

Harrison said workers at the farm blamed the death of the cattle on their failure to communicate with Moyana about stock feed shortages at the farm.

The ZNSPCA said it would prosecute Moyana over his neglect of the animals.

“We will proceed to prosecute due to the high number of cattle that have been starved to death,” said Harrison. “We spoke to Moyana and made it clear to him that this is absolutely unacceptable. We will use the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Chapter 1909 Section 31B.”

The herd comprised a mixture of breeds such as Brahman and Sussex that were reared for beef.

The country’s national stock of cattle has for the past four years been drastically reduced due to the chaos prevailing in the commercial farming sector following to government’s controversial land reform programme.

Acute beef and dairy products shortages have ensued while at the same time the country lost out on foreign currency realised from beef exports.

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