Woman loses $10 000 in broiler chicks fraud


A Bulawayo businesswoman allegedly lost $10 000 cash after she was supplied fake 10 000 day-old broiler chicks.

The businesswoman, Tendai Masotsha of Hillside, is into chicken production.

The State alleges that on November 15, Masotsha met Amandi Nyathi in the city while looking for day-old broilers.

Nyathi advised her that he could supply her with the chicks and the pair entered into a verbal agreement.
After a few days, Nyathi supplied Masotsha with 100 boxes of day-old chicks which he claimed were from South Africa.

After receiving the chicks, Masotsha sold the chicks to her clients.

However, she later discovered that she had been duped after her clients came back to her complaining that the chicks were sub-standard.

Masotsha immediately confronted Nyathi who to her surprise professed ignorance of the condition of the chicks.

She reported the matter to police leading to Nyathi’s arrest.

Nyathi later revealed to police that the chicks were not from South Africa but had been supplied by an unnamed farmer in Chegutu.

Nyathi later paid back $2 000 of the $10 000 he had received from Masotsha.

He was not asked to plead when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa. He was remanded in custody to April 19.
Jerry Mutsindikwa prosecuted.