Tour­ing firm chef at­tempts sui­cide

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Reporter

A CHEF at Wild Hori­zons tour­ing com­pany in Vic­to­ria Falls al­legedly tried to kill him­self by drink­ing rat poi­son af­ter he was caught steal­ing meat worth $51 from a kitchen he was work­ing in.

Thathani Ncube, whose age could not be es­tab­lished, was ad­mit­ted to Chino­timba Med­i­cal Cen­tre on Mon­day night where he was re­port­edly treated for poi­son­ing, The Chron­i­cle was told.

Ncube, who has worked at Wild Hori­zon’s Ele­phant Ride Camp, pop­u­larly known as Wallo for close to 20 years, al­legedly stole the meat weighing 5kg on Sun­day last week.

He was al­legedly caught red-handed and was taken for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

Act­ing of­fi­cer com­mand­ing po­lice in Vic­to­ria Falls Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Do­minic Sibanda con­firmed the theft but couldn’t be drawn into com­ment­ing about the al­leged sui­cide at­tempt.

“We re­ceived a re­port about an em­ployee who stole meat from a kitchen at Ele­phant Ride. The meat was re­cov­ered and is val­ued at $51.12. The sus­pect will be charged with theft,” said Supt Sibanda.

Ncube’s work­mates who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said he started act­ing awk­wardly on Sun­day.

“He stole some meat and was made to write a re­port. Ev­ery­one was shocked when Ncube started telling peo­ple to look af­ter his fam­ily. Peo­ple quizzed what he was up to and got no an­swer. He later said he wanted to con­sume some pain killers and no one sus­pected that he meant poi­son,” said one work­mate.

She said Ncube was rushed to Chino­timba Med­i­cal Cen­tre where he was ad­mit­ted.

“We won­der why wanted to kill him­self given the amount in­volved,” she said.

Wild Hori­zon chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Gary Archer said: “Yes it’s true but I’m not in a po­si­tion to say any­thing now as in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.”

It couldn’t be es­tab­lished yes­ter­day if Ncube was still in hos­pi­tal.

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