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Deadly cyanide: Zim man in court

2012-08-04 14:11

Harare - A manager of a local transport company has been charged for delivering cyanide to the main water treatment works in the capital Harare, state media reported on Saturday.

Farai Muchenje, 37, a manager at Pair Trade Investments, was charged with contravening the Water Act and Enviromental Management Act after his company delivered sodium cyanide - a deadly chemical - to the Morton Jaffrey water treatment plant by mistake, The Herald newspaper reported.

A truck driver transported 20 000kg of the chemical from Mozambique to Zimbabwe on 19 July . It was destined for use in gold processing and industries.

But the consignment accidentally ended up at the water plant, which serves the city's population of over two million people.

None of it was used in water treatment, the paper said.

The driver is still on the run.

Muchenje was freed on $1 500 bail.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-08-04 14:20

    Pity they didn't put it into Mad Bob's water supply!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-04 19:43

    Amazing when you consider that a dose of 1.5mg/kg of cyanide can kill an adult human. Would've been quite a catastrophe...

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