A production manager at Lunar Chickens in Harare is alleged to have acted in connivance with other company employees to swindle the broiler breeding company of over $200 000 in a well-orchestrated scam.
Although the police did not identify the complainant in the matter, the company is believed to be owned by a top government official who chose to remain anonymous.
Roy Madzivire (34) of Pomona Falls in Harare was employed by Lunar Chickens, a company that is in the business of hatching chicks for sale.
Madzivire is alleged to have stolen chicken feed and day-old chicks that he sold to different customers and pocketed the proceeds.
In his capacity as the production manager, he was responsible for purchasing chicken feed as well as monitoring the day-to-day broiler breeding and accounting for the sales of the hatched chicks.
It is alleged that between the periods of December 2009 and May last year, Madzivire allegedly worked in league with his subordinates who included drivers and general hands at the company to steal chicken feed and chicks.
In one incident, Madzivire is alleged to have stolen 60 tonnes of soya beans and more than 40 175 day-old chicks.
He is also alleged to have stolen 226 725 eggs and paid himself a backdated salary of $19 445 which he was not entitled to.
The total amount involved in the whole alleged scam was $202 648. Nothing was recovered.
It was however not made clear in the court papers how the matter came to light leading to Madzivire’s arrest.
He appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei who remanded him in custody to January 17 after the state opposed bail.