Patrick Chinamasa, a well-known politician who was born on January 25, 1947, in Nyanga, served as a cabinet minister in a number of ministries under both Robert Mugabe’s and Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administrations.
The former cabinet minister experienced a significant loss in late 2021 when a fire completely destroyed his home. Here are all the specifics on Patrick Chinamasa’s burning home, the source of the fire, and a quick look at some of his most contentious actions.
On October 22, 2021, word spread that former minister Patrick Chinamasa’s home had been completely destroyed by a raging fire.
Speaking to the media subsequently, Chinamasa disclosed that everything the family possessed, including his “priceless and irreplaceable library,” had been destroyed by the fire and that all that had been left were the clothes they had been wearing on that fatal day.
Despite destroying items of incalculable value, the fire that destroyed Patrick Chinamasa’s home at least did not result in any fatalities. Chinamasa said that after hearing a “boom sound,” his one-year-old grandson was found unharmed inside the main bedroom where the fire was discovered.
The baby’s mother had just arrived home from work when the fire started, according to a statement on the incident from Chinamasa, and the housekeeper was able to save the infant.
The main bedroom, the bedroom where the fire started, and Chinamasa’s study were all totally destroyed by the fire. The dining room, lounge, kitchen, and two remaining bedrooms were all saved by the fire department, who arrived barely in time.
A number of speculations about what started the fire, including the potential of arson, surfaced soon after it was reported that Chinamasa’s house had been completely destroyed by fire.
Chinamasa vehemently down the rumours, asserting that the fire might have been started by an electrical problem that he attributed to an act of God. The former minister reflected on the fire catastrophe and connected his tragedy and suffering to Job’s in the Bible, whose inspiring tale of tenacity encourages Christians to overcome hardship.
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In conversations with friends and family, he remarked, “I find myself fielding Job-like queries, but I want to tell all who care about my welfare that in God I trust and he will provide.”
The ZANU-PF-affiliated politician has throughout the years found himself on the unpopular side of the people for some of his contentious behaviours. Chinamasa gained national attention in June 2018 after photos of him formally “opening” a trash can during a ceremony in the northeastern town of Rusape went viral online.
In the pictures, the formally attired former minister could be seen grinning broadly as he cut a ribbon that had been put around it. On Twitter, Chinamasa soon gained popularity and was made fun of.
Patrick Chinamasa is one of the well-known Zimbabwean politicians who has been subject to sanctions from the US and EU for allegedly undermining democracy in the nation.