Mujuru’s case of the fire

The curse of the fire once again visited the Mujuru family when its Tarisai farmhouse in Ruwa just outside Harare was accidentally burnt yesterday.

Tarisai farmhouse in Ruwa
Tarisai farmhouse in Ruwa

The incident comes three years after Vice President Joice Mujuru’s husband, the late army general Solomon Mujuru, was killed in a fire at the family’s other farm in Beatrice in Mashonaland East province.

Police spokesperson, Charity Charamba, said the incident was caused by a man who started the fire in a bid to kill a snake that he had seen at the farmhouse. The fire destroyed a nine-roomed thatched house, a hut and a fowl run around 1030 am.

“In a bid to kill the snake, he lit a fire which then got out of control and spread to the kitchen. The fire subsequently spread to the main house which has nine rooms,” said Charamba.

She added that farm employees battled the fire but failed, only managing to remove the property at the homestead.

Three fire tenders attended scene but, as in the case of the Beatrice incident which killed Solomon, it came too late.

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