A Bulawayo man based in South Africa (Injiva), was arrested after he travelled all the way from the neighbouring country to set on fire his brother’s house at Rest Camp resort on the outskirts of Bulawayo
The arsonist, Francis Ndlovu, had a misunderstanding with his brother Binga Ndlovu. In anger, he allegedly brought petrol from South Africa which he used to set alight the house belonging to his brother.
The house owner is a businessman based in South Africa.
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The incident took place in the wee hours on Friday last week.
Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister, Richard Moyo, who is also Umguza MP, visited the charred house on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Moyo, who is also a neighbour to the businessman, said:
He realised that a woman was sleeping in one of the rooms with her baby after she screamed when he was breaking a window and he ordered her out and told her she would burn to death inside.
Property worth over R4 million was destroyed in the house that Mr Ndlovu said he had used over US$400 000 in the building. Mr Ndlovu is a businessman and a millionaire in South Africa.
The fact that someone came all the way from South Africa to do this and did not decide otherwise after all those hours of travel means that this was a carefully executed plan.
The incident was confirmed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said:
I can confirm that we are dealing with a matter of suspected arson where someone doused a house with petrol before setting it ablaze. However, I cannot give further details as the matter has since been handed over to the courts.
Richard Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and Member of Parliament for Umguza Constituency, he is a member of the ZANU-PF party. Read More About Richard Moyo