Zanu (PF)-infighting costs Chiredzi MP house

Masvingo – A Zanu (PF) MP in Chiredzi lost his house and all property worth over US$ 100 000 dollars in a suspected arson attack by rival faction members in his party, as in fighting for control of the province threatens to tear apart the former ruling party here.

Ronald Ndava, Chiredzi north legislator, was left homeless after suspected party youths from the rival former provincial governor, Dzikamai Mavahire of the Mugabe must go fame’s faction allegedly petrol bombed his house over the weekend accusing him of being a loyal member of the Josiah Hungwe faction which is in control of the provincial executive.

The petrol bomb destroyed Ndava’s house and all his property living him and his family with only the clothes they were wearing. The MP told journalist that he suspected foul play from fellow party members and said police have since opened investigations.

“I was left homeless after mysterious fire from something that looked like a petrol bomb thrown into my bedroom gutted down my house. All my property and clothes were reduced to ashes and am in a desperate situation,” said Ndava.

He added that he suspected an inside job as he had recently received unspecified threats by a fellow party member (name supplied) during an altercation at a provincial executive meeting.

“I strongly suspect that this was an inside job. Recently I got some unspecified threats from one senior party member from my rival faction and I suspect he sent his youths to do this to me because my neighbours said they saw truck full of youths speeding in my streets soon after my home caught fire,” he said.

Ndava said his life was some in shambles as he had nowhere to leave but was accommodated temporarily in a one bed roomed flat by his young brother. He added that politics proved a painful career after the incident as everything important to his life perished in the inferno.

Zanu (PF) provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke confirmed the incident but refused to shed more light saying investigation by his party were underway.

“Yes we have received the report but I can’t say more now because we have since instructed investigation over the matter, “he said before hanging his phone.

Police also confirmed the report.

Mavhaire’s faction is aligned to Vice President Joice Mujuru while Hungwe’s sympathetic to Defence Minister Emerson Munangagwa widely known as ‘Ngwena, the crocodile’ in political spheres. The two factions are fighting for the control of Masvingo province.