Employees arrested over toxic Morton Jaffray chemicals

HARARE - Two Pairtrade employees — a company responsible for the delivery of toxic chemicals at Morton Jaffray Water Works have been arrested.

Appronalise Mupakaviri, 41 and Tiki Tarwirei are facing culpable homicide charges and yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma who released them on $1 000 bail each.

Mupakaviri is the company representative of L.A Cargo Services, the mother company of Pairtrade Investments Private Limited while Tarwirei is the clearance clerk of the same company.

The court heard Demhe, a driver for Astra Transport who transports goods locally and regionally as
assigned left Beira, Mozambique for Zimbabwe with a consignment of 365 packages of sodium cyanide weighing 19 580 kilogrammes for a company called CureChem Overseas Private Limited on July 16 this year.

Sodium cyanide is a substance that is imported into the country mainly for gold processing.

According to state papers, Muchenje received a proof of delivery from Freight World Private Limited indicating he was supposed to transport aluminium sulphate that was still on transit to Morton Jaffray Water Works for treatment on July 20.

Morton Jaffray Water Works is one of Harare’s major water treatment plants.

It is alleged that Muchenje and Demhe conspired to deliver the sodium cyanide instead of aluminium sulphate.

The two allegedly used two duplicated CureChem Overseas Private limited proof of delivery notes indicating they were delivering a consignment of aluminium sulphate.

They then delivered a sealed consignment of sodium cyanide to Morton Jaffray Water Works.

Demhe managed to pass through the security check point after producing proof of delivery note indicating it was aluminium sulphate.

Harare Municipality assistant Water Works attendant Walter Chitsomba discovered it was not aluminium sulphate that had been delivered and informed his superiors resulting in Muchenje’s arrest.

Demhe who was on the run was arrested after serious police investigations.

Mupakaviri and Tarwirei will be back in court on September 14 for trial.


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