Arson at Gono's poultry farm

HARARE - Lunar Farm (Lunar) — a poultry project owned by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono — yesterday lost $50 000 worth of equipment after a mysterious fire.

Although an internal and Harare City Council fire department team quickly put out the blaze, Velenjani Lupankwa, chief operating officer of TD Holdings Limited — Lunar Chickens’ holding company — said the fire had partly affected the grandparent side of the chicken-rearing facility.

“What got burnt is mainly the grazing fields and some of the equipment at the grandparents (chicken) site,” he said, adding “we are still investigating as we don’t know what caused it”.

He said the fire, which started around 3pm, could have caused more damage if the company had not reacted quickly.

“The reaction was quick, fire brigade came after we had used our internal fire tenders,” Lupankwa said.

He said it was even more worrying that the fire had burnt out part of Lunar’s key facility at a time there are some European auditors for their Hubbard F15 day-old chicks rearing plant. Lupankwa said the affected area was the heart of Lunar Chickens as it was where the chicks were bred.

“This is our breeding site, we have 4 000 grandparents, a $2 million site, 10 million chicks are supposed to come from here, so this is the core of our business,” he said.

This also comes as another mysterious blaze broke out at his plush Borrowdale estate in August 2011 and partly destroyed his warehouse, gutting over $100 000 worth of equipment.

The development comes as Gono is under attack from political opponents, and just after security guards assigned for years to protect him were abruptly withdrawn last month.

Gono yesterday said: “I have no comment to make other than that by 2020, I will be the biggest chicken and egg producer on the continent and nothing will stop or deter me from that course, accidental or non- accidental fire.

“Out of these ashes will emerge the first chicken billionaire on the African continent.”


Comments (20)

What hell on earth? Madzvinyango on him again?

ChabeChabe - 19 July 2013

This article is showing us that besides Gono`s success stories as a beneficiary of the Indigenization programme he has managed to identify critical stakeholders who in this case are Europeans (Hubbard).

chasura - 19 July 2013

the biggest fall-out of all time.the empire has begun to crumble and nzira yonanga kumakuva.

bhobhojani - 19 July 2013

vourayana zvino ,thumbs up to Baba Jukwa for letting us know in advance kkkkkkk,vamama vanga wadyaira kuba mari yereserve bank gore riya wariziva rema change vapfanha vasina kumbofunda zvavo vaine mari isuma graduate tichiseva muto .keep it up Savious destroy bit by bit.

Pamhata - 19 July 2013

Asi Vada uri mu Watch Tower kani? You seem to disregard the importance of contributing towards the welbeing of your country by allowing criminals (politicians) to have a field day.

kiyoro kiyoro - 20 July 2013

Haaaaaaaa gore rino tichaonerera zvedu But Baba Jukwa Warned you Gideon For warned is for armed

Nyikavaranda - 20 July 2013

Haaaaaaaa gore rino tichaonerera zvedu But Baba Jukwa Warned you Gideon For warned is for armed

Nyikavaranda - 20 July 2013

He he he ghidhioni using the chicken farming as a front for embezzilling millions of dollars of blood diamonds, and i thot zanu ddnt like europeans? I knew it problem is vanhu vezanu want to compete with south africans nigerians to making money but they dont that zim does not have the capacity to make them billionaires. Billionaire chicken farmer get the eff out of here even Eddo Brandes isnt a millionaire and why are these farms not being given to ordinary zimbabweans??

obama4eva - 20 July 2013

Haimbomurwadzi considering mamillions aakaba!!

makelele - 20 July 2013

Kurwadziwa kwavanhu panguva yehyperinflation minamato kuna Mwari. Zvino hezvo!!

makelele - 20 July 2013

Gono mwana wevhu. ndakakunyeurira kuti zvaurikuita izvi kana zvopinduka uchazvidemba. You remmember wakati iwe imba yako yamdara haikwane ka. Zvino uchapagara nemufaro here pamba pacho. Isu vana vevhu to pombonoka zvedu. To kanyaira munyika yababa.Kutyei zvedu. Izvezvi Save arikuenda panyanga chitodemba nesu.

Hwese - 20 July 2013

I like your resilience and never-die spirit Dr Gono. Leave detractors and hatemongers to their schemes.

Sendie - 20 July 2013

He is a puppet of the West. Why does he need hubbard in his business..

cdehondo - 21 July 2013

mari yekuba haina model of investment. given how GG has screwed up the affairs at RBZ, can he be a good manager anywhere? Lets see - come Oct/Nov when he vacates that nest.

makelele - 23 July 2013

the zanupf slogan is often'morefire'. it appears that some of gono's enemies are taking this slogan literally.

wordwriter - 24 July 2013

Ahh Gono anenge aribhoo vanhu imi do you know kuti sometimes unogona kusanwisiswa nevanhu nekuda kwepaunenge uri yet uchitoona kuti hatisi kugona several people know kuti zvakaipa zvakaipa asi mamwe maclubs haabudike

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