Fire destroys Gono's property

HARARE - Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono, is at his wits end after one of his houses went up in a blaze of fire yesterday, losing property worth more than $200 000.

The executive 5-bed-roomed double storey house with a thatched roof located a few metres from the home of Lunar Chickens’ grandparent breeder chickens, was gutted by fire at midday.

The fire also destroyed large swaths of land at the property.

According to Morgan Zulu, a senior manager at the property, three teams from the fire brigade responded quickly. They were still fighting the fire when the Daily News crew arrived around 3pm.

“You see, the house’s roof was thatched; it’s very difficult to put out such a fire with the wind blowing like this,” Zulu said.

Contacted for comment, Gono said: “The house that’s been burnt is just a few metres from our grandparent birds, the most valuable component of my integrated poultry farming programme.

“It remains a mystery that the birds were spared, thanks to the swift action of the Harare Fire Brigade. As to the cause of the fire, I cannot comment further because I have not been given the full report by my management or those who attended to the fire but I thank everyone who was involved in putting out the fire.”

Asked if he suspects foul play, the retired governor said; “Our destinies are determined before we are even born. Nothing is an accident. It was written before I was born that this incident shall happen so it has come to pass. Foul play or no foul play, it really doesn’t matter. Life goes on. I will dust up the ashes and move on to produce more chickens and food for our country.”

It is just the latest fire to gut the retired governor’s property after his chicken runs were recently razed to the ground in another fire.

An earlier fire in 2013 destroyed the Lunar Chicken breeding site, damaging equipment worth up to $50 000.

Gono stays in the vicinity of where the fire destroyed property. Two weeks ago, businessman Phillip Chiyangwa’s bedroom was gutted by fire at his mansion in Borrowdale.

Comments (26)

KkkkkkkKkkkkkkk, seka zvako nhamo serugare mwana waTsvina! Idzo dzimba dzengamura ndidzo dzava matargets emoto yese yese here nhai veduwee? Gore rino chinosara chine mudzimu wacho

Duzvi - 1 July 2015

KkkkkkkKkkkkkkk, seka zvako nhamo serugare mwana waTsvina! Idzo dzimba dzengamura ndidzo dzava matargets emoto yese yese here nhai veduwee? Gore rino chinosara chine mudzimu wacho

Duzvi - 1 July 2015

Under competent management what happened to Chiyangwa's house should never be allowed to happen to any other property in Zimbabwe. Simply meaning a proper investigation to establish cause. Learn what needed to be done to avoid the fire and apply the knowledge to protect other properties in the country. It does not surprise though in Zimbabwe where important organisations are led by idiots this will happen again to somebody's house. Cry the beloved country.

Ziziharinanyanga - 1 July 2015

Whats the hell is going on nenyaya yemoto first it was Mujuru, chiyangwa, now gono, whose house is next i really wonder

chikande ranganai - 1 July 2015

Zanu pf does not split but "FIRES".

X-MAN IV - 1 July 2015

And you dont mention that it was a thatched house..idiat

Tengenenge - 1 July 2015

Zvokuba ndiwo muendere wazvo. Zvinongotsakatika semuwanikirwo azvakaita

Gandanga haridye derere - 1 July 2015

Taurazvako Tengenenge, tumareporter utwu hameno kuti twakaburwa kuti. no sense of finer detail. ko ivo editor vacho vakaitaseivo vanbvumira such publications?

munyazozo - 1 July 2015

Bible reads in 1Timothy 6:17 MSG, ''Tell those rich in this world to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage''

Dee - 1 July 2015

Here a fire. There a fire. Everywhere a fire fire. Could some people be getting rich by fire? Insurance fraud?

Tom Berrenger - 2 July 2015

i wonder are these houses insured. remember times are hard and the economy is biting!

MOFAYA - 2 July 2015

Tengenenge and munyazaza that is neither here nor there, where we told that Chiyangwa's house was tiled and does it mean that thatched house should burn? What are you trying to defend for nobody has been fingered as the cause of the fire but a power pylon, or there is more you know that the reporter, editor and some of us the readers? Just tell us what caused the fire

Qawe laMaqawe - 2 July 2015

one of gono"s many properties

rmunemo - 2 July 2015

If you have a lot of money like Gono do not sponsor some evil political parties to go and rape women and girls kill men and burn their homes bcoz they support other political parties you will be punished by god . ah thoko .

Diibulaanyika - 2 July 2015

Philip aidestroyer evidence. pane nyaya apa

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Sila - 2 July 2015

Zesa will be here with us for sometime.Dzimba dzichapera.Lets insure our properties

baba jukwa - 2 July 2015

Zanu pf does not split but "FIRES". X-MAN IV - 1 July 2015 Ah, I like that !!!!!!!

Referee - 2 July 2015

ma 1 chaiwo

Almot - 2 July 2015

"FIRE" is now raining at prominent people's mansions

mshakabvu - 6 July 2015

Who built that house ? Was it "a land grab" ? The ancestors must have been unhappy. Zuma's private house has a "firepool" built with citizens' money.

wayne - 7 July 2015

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