Monday, August 05, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Property gutted in Gono farm ‘arson’ attack
19/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

PROPERTY worth about US$30,000 was destroyed when fire gutted facilities at a chicken farm owned by central bank governor, Gideon Gono on Thursday.

Management at the farm, located just outside Harare, said they suspected foul play adding they had reported the case at Borrowdale Police Station.

Equipment destroyed in the fire which is said to have started at around 3pm included electric motors, electronic feeding troughs as well as some grazing land.

“We are still assessing the damage, but our preliminary investigations have shown that property worth more than US$30 000 has been destroyed,” said Velenjani Lupankwa, a senior executive with TD Holdings, a subsidiary of Lunar Chickens.

“Considering the fact that the fire has coincided with the visit by our auditors from Europe we are suspecting foul play because the cause of fire is not known and this is the first time we have fire breaking out.

“(We are aware that) not everyone is happy with what we are doing, but we are still investigating, but our preliminary investigations have shown that there was a hand behind the fire.

“We have lost some of our electronic motors and some of grazing land is gone, but the good thing is fire brigade arrived on time and they have managed to control the fire before much harm was done to these projects.

“We have lost some of our electronic motors and as you can see some of grazing land is gone, but the good thing is fire brigade arrived on time and they have managed to control the fire before much harm was done to these projects.”

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