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Family Accidentally Poisons 21 Cattle

Family Accidentally Poisons 21 Cattle

A Nkayi family in Matabeleland North Province has lost 21 cattle valued at over US$8 500 after a dangerous grain protectant was accidentally administered to them.

The Chronicle’s Mkhululi Ncube reports that the cattle were on Sunday given a tablet each of aluminium phosphide which is used for fumigating stored grain, seeds and tobacco among others.

The cattle belong to three Mpofu family members, Mr Lindani Mpofu, who bought the pesticide; Mr Orderly Mpofu, who dosed the cattle and 97-year-old Mrs Jennet Mpofu.

Family spokesperson Mr Dennis Mpofu, who is based in Bulawayo and had to travel to Nkayi, said what happened was a disaster which has traumatised the family. He added:

One of the family members bought grain preserving pesticide and gave it to one teenage boy to take it home.

The young man forgot the message and when he got home he said the contents were for dosing cattle.

Unfortunately, the person who administered the pills is not well educated and never read, but just administered it as they have always been dosing cattle.

They gave each cow a tablet and before long the cattle started dying.

Only one ox survived after the family was advised to make it drink opaque beer – amasese. 

He said besides the ox, one heifer and two calves which were not given the deadly pills are the remaining livestock.

The container of the pesticide has a label that states that the contents are a dangerous poison.

He said the veterinary officer in the area advised the family to bury the cattle instead of burning them.

Mr Mpofu said the family is open to any form of help they may get from well-wishers to help them restock.

Village Head Ncube said what happened was unfortunate and they were at a loss of words as a community.

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27 Comments

🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 1 week ago

𝑨𝒎𝒂𝒑𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒊 𝒐𝒌𝒖𝒃𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒍𝒂 𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒐𝒗𝒂𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒐𝒛𝒊 𝒆𝒏𝒌𝒖𝒍𝒖 𝒌𝒂𝒌𝒉𝒖𝒍𝒖, 𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒃𝒖𝒍𝒆𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒖 𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊, 𝒈𝒗𝒕 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒖𝒔𝒆. 𝑵𝒈𝒐𝒃𝒂 𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒂 𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒖.


gwanda loose 1 week ago

my question is kune piritsi rekudhoza mombe here???, pane nyaya apa!!!


Dadza 1 week ago

Ririko valbasen

BUOY 1 week ago

ahhhhh dozing cattle usina kuverenga the drug very sorry


Stallion 1 week ago

mazuvano vanhu tine problem chipfuwo chikaita chirwere kana kuti munoda kudhoza first thing consult vana mazvikokota vezvipfuwo vatinavo munzvimbo dzedu


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III ZANU YAURAYA 1 week ago

🙏


King 👑 Leh 1 week ago

NGAVAMBOTANGIDZA NEDZAKASARA IDZODZO


gogodera 1 week ago

zvinowanikwa chero ivo vasina kufa pfuma I Itsvagwa imwe


chipo 1 week ago

munhu wese angabatsire.Please.elph


Ndini 1 week ago

You too should "elp"

1 week ago

kutengerwa nani manje 🤔🤔🤔


i 1 week ago

so rubatsiro nderwe kutengerwa mombe


Gweta 1 week ago

A sad lesson to us all. Tablets are labelled Keep away from children.


gwanda loose 1 week ago

kkkkk taura zvako

Joe Brownn 1 week ago

What a disaster. Next time people should learn to read t****ughly before administering any chemicals or dosage on animals.


mosquito 1 week ago

i Satan mistek chaiyo hapana asingazive ma femegation pills


Putin 🇷🇺 1 week ago

kuzvicheka neraka gomara


@Manatse 1 week ago

chirungu tinochinzwisisia chaizvo @Manatse, akatenga ndiye bhambi he was supposed to follow up nekufonera varikumba kuti mwana uyo wandapa mapiritsi ayo akuudzai here kuti anoshandiswa Pai uyezve sei, nekuti akapihwa is said to be just a young boy and we all know kuti vana vanogona kungokanganwa easily,. Saka wapabata here panenyaya yangu?


manatse 1 week ago

Akatenga haana mhosva natsoverengai zvanyorwa kuda mapotswa neChirungu


Bright 1 week ago

Loss chaiyo umm ko akapa ma pils acho akatadza kuziva hr kt ahasi emombe naiyewo ft wektenga i**** fti


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 week ago

Its a pity ina di city, so sad indeed eish tyt...


Ana 1 week ago

mmmmmmm ana Jah dzikamai ipa Ina di city papi ipapa. Chimusoro Banga chine dread 🤣🤣

bhambi 1 week ago

akatenga mapills ndiye bhambi akadii kufona futi ka kumba kuti ndatumira mushonga uyo ndewe magrains not mombe....anyway shiri inozongofa Wani.


Chimboti Pizza 1 week ago

@bhambi, saka waida kuti munhu akatenga mapills afembere here kuti mapills achapihwa mombe😕

Citizen 1 week ago

@Imwe Mbeu...Most parts of Nkayi there's no network so you can't communicate

Imwe Mbeu 1 week ago

[1] Look at their ages or the fact that they sent a young boy with the message, it simply means that they probably do not have any cellphone or can't use it well probably because... [2] They now have poor eyesight

SC 1 week ago

I feel sorry for them



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