Margaret Dongo believes the mysterious fire that gutted her house in the Ridgeview suburb of Harare in January is part of a years-long campaign to silence her. Photo: Margaret Dongo

Former Lawmaker Margaret Dongo Ties House Inferno to Zimbabwe Politics

by Jonga Kandemiri, Voice of America | Link to article

WASHINGTON DC — Firebrand former leader of the Zimbabwe Union of Democrats, Margaret Dongo, says she suspects foul play in the gutting of her Ridgeview house in Harare early this month.

Dongo claims that the house was allegedly bombed using a home-made device by unknown assailants.

She says police and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority have assessed the incident with ZESA saying the fire was not connected to an electrical fault.

“I have had such attacks on my life before but this one has scared me to the bone,” Dongo says.

She says it reminded her of the way former army general Solomon Mujuru died.

Property worth thousands of dollars went up in smoke in the inferno. Studio 7 failed to reach the police for a comment.

In a related development, a hut belonging to a Murehwa South family in Mashonaland East province suspected of supporting former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s People First project was set on fire this week in what locals suspect to be politically motivated.

People First spokesman Rugare Gumbo could not comment on the suspected arson saying he was yet to be briefed by their provincial leadership on the development.


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