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ZISMIWU offices burnt to ashes, Hwarare fears for his life

Sifelani Murambiwa in Chiredzi

Barely two weeks after War Veterans and some Tongaat Hullets Zimbabwe employees staged demonstrations against Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union executive, the union’s offices was burnt to ashes on Friday morning in a suspected arson attack.

The building and property worth US$142 000 was reduced to ashes in the inferno whose intensity is suspected to have been triggered by a powerful explosive.

ZISMIWU Secretary General Admore Hwarare whose continued stay in office hangs in the balance from mounting pressure from workers and war veterans said he was fearing for his life after unknown assailants pounced on his unions office.

 
Hwarare inspects the gutted offices
Hwarare was fingered in the plot to ouster Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe through a coup plot and this has exposed him to immense pressure from Zanu PF hardliners who are linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“I only received calls early this morning (Friday)  that our unions offices have been burnt to ashes. Its very unfortunate that more than US$ 142 000 worth of property and building has been damaged,” said Hwarare.

Hwarare said they will pave way for police to investigate the matter.

“We are giving room for police to investigate the matter. Its Just that our union has been facing a lot of pressure from war veterans who have a habit of coming on board on workers union,” said Hwarare.

Efforts to get a comment from Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesperson Ass Inspector Charity Mazula were fruitless as she was yet to get full details of the matter.local

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