Born on January 25, 1947, in Nyanga, Patrick Chinamasa is one of the most prominent politicians who served as a cabinet minister in various ministries both during Robert Mugabe’s administration and Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
In late 2021, the former cabinet minister suffered a huge loss after his house was razed down by a fire.
Here are all the details about Patrick Chinamasa’s house that was consumed by fire, the cause of the fire, as well as a quick look at some of his most controversial moments.
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What happened to Patrick Chinamasa’s house?
On 22nd October 2021, news broke that a roaring fire had burnt down former minister Patrick Chinamasa’s house to the ground.
Addressing the press later on, Chinamasa revealed that the fire had destroyed everything the family owned including his “priceless and irreplaceable library” and the only thing that they had remained with was the clothes they wore on the fateful day.
Although the fire that burned down Patrick Chinamasa’s house destroyed property of immeasurable value, at least it did not claim any lives.
Chinamasa revealed that his one-year-old grandson was rescued unharmed from the main bedroom where the fire was discovered after hearing a "boom sound."
In a statement about the incident, Chinamasa reported that the child's mother had just returned from work when the fire broke out and the housekeeper managed to rescue the baby.
The fire completely destroyed the main bedroom, the bedroom where the fire started, and Chinamasa’s study. The fire brigade arrived just in time to save the dining room, the lounge, the kitchen and the two remaining bedrooms.
What caused the fire that consumed Patrick Chinamasa’s house?
Shortly after news that Chinamasa’s house had been consumed by fire went viral, several theories about what had caused the fire emerged including a possibility of arson.
The speculations were rubbished by Chinamasa who claimed that the fire may have been caused by an electrical fault which he attributed to an act of God.
Reflecting on the fire incident, the former minister compared his tragedy and woes to those of the biblical Job whose story of perseverance inspires Christians in the face of adversity.
"I find myself fielding Job-like questions in conversations with friends and relatives, but I want to assure all who care about my welfare that in God I trust and he will provide," he said.
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Patrick Chinamasa’s controversies
Over the years, the ZANU–PF-affiliated politician has found himself on the wrong side of the public’s favour for some of his controversial actions.
In June 2018, Chinamasa made headlines across the country after pictures of him officially “opening” a garbage bin in a ceremony in the northeastern town of Rusape went viral online.
In the photos, the former minister who was dressed sharply was smiling happily as he cut a ribbon that had been tied around it. Chinamasa quickly trended on Twitter and became the subject of ridicule.
Patrick Chinamasa is among the prominent Zimbabwean politicians who were placed under sanctions by the USA and the European Union for reportedly undermining democracy in the country.
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