Mr Thompson Dondo, the Impala Car Rental CEO, last week donated $500 000 to Mr Nhamo Magwizi whose house was destroyed during the infamous Budiriro house demolitions a few weeks ago, The Herald reports.
This was after the story of Mr Magwizi speaking from his wheelchair decrying the plight that had been thrust upon him after the city fathers destroyed their homes went viral on social media. In the video Mugwisa said:
My life is now upside down. I don’t even know what to do. I am thinking of building one room and a toilet, but you never know, maybe they will come back again to destroy our houses. I am hoping if we can’t stay here, authorities will find somewhere to put us. Our situation is terrible.
The video caught the attention of Mr. Dondo who donated $500 000 to Magwizi, Speaking about the donation Dondo said:
I saw your story on social media and I was touched. It’s raining and you are a disabled man with a family. My heart sank and I said I have to do something for you in the immediate. I will transfer 500 000 into your account tomorrow.
Thanking Mr. Dondo for his donation Magwizi said they stopped paying for the land when they discovered something was amiss in 2013:
When the demolitions took place, I was not around. I received a phone call from some of my neighbours and relatives.
I was fortunate that these neighbours and relatives managed to remove my property from the house before it was demolished. After the demolitions, they also managed to save some of my bricks.
I really thought I had sorted issues to do with accommodation. At first we paid US$300 then monthly subscriptions of US$22.
We stopped paying subscriptions in 2013 when we discovered that something was wrong. I want to thank you Mr Dondo and Impala Car Rental for this assistance. God bless you.
The Budiriro House demolitions were highly criticized by CSOs, churches, and political parties alike. Mr Dondo was in the news a few weeks ago after it emerged that he might be a fugitive from justice in the UK.
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