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Old 05-29-2006, 07:02 PM
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Zimbabwe: Businessman Loses $1,2bn Cash in Fire



The Herald (Harare)

May 23, 2006
Posted to the web May 24, 2006

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A BUSINESSMAN lost $1,2 billion cash in a fire that gutted a room he had booked at Ngundu Rocky Motel, 100km south of Masvingo along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway at the weekend.

An electric fault is believed to have caused the fire that destroyed two rooms and property worth billions of dollars. Electricity had been intermittently switching on and off for the entire day and crackling sounds could be heard from the electricity meter box, each time the intermittent outages occurred. Workers at the motel owned by Bulawayo businessman Mr Jonathan Gapare also said that at times sparks could be seen whenever the lights were switched on. Willias Shumba, the owner of Yatko Investments, an indigenous company based in Chiredzi, escaped the blaze after he had left the room to have some food and booze when the fire started. "I have been using this lodge on my business trips for three years now, but for all this time I had never been allocated room 2. The loss of my money is a very bitter pill to swallow as it was payment for my house, which I had sold in Chiredzi. "We met at this motel with the buyer who was coming from Beitbridge because it was a central locati on for both of us. In the afternoon he came and handed me $1,2 billion in cash and we were meant to meet again to finalise the transfer of ownership during the week. "I then left the cash on the bed and went out to get some food and beer as there was nothing to eat at the lodge because there was no electricity. "I guess that is why I am still alive to talk to you now. On my return there were still no lights so I carried on drinking in my car and I fell asleep," said Mr Shumba, as he related the ordeal. The manager of the motel, who refused to divulge her name, cried loudly during the fire as she thought that Mr Shumba had been trapped in the room.

She heaved a sigh of relief when a shocked Mr Shumba dashed out of his car and headed for the blazing room screaming, "Mune mari yakawanda mumba umo" (There is a lot of money in that room). Later Mr Shumba narrated how he got to know about the fire. "I was surprised when this lady yanked the door of my car open and said thank God y ou are still alive because my room was in flames. Then it slowly dawned upon me as my drunken stupor cleared that all my money was in that room. I bolted out of my car and made straight for the fire," added the dejected businessman.
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Yeah, but it was 1.2 billion *Zimbabwe* dollars....which is about 200 bucks American....

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Yeah, but it was 1.2 billion *Zimbabwe* dollars....which is about 200 bucks American....

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I guess we should all expect more emails from the king of Zimbabwe needing help getting money out of the country.
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I guess we should all expect more emails from the king of Zimbabwe needing help getting money out of the country.

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Yeah, but it was 1.2 billion *Zimbabwe* dollars....which is about 200 bucks American....
Actually, about $11,860.00 US dollars, courtesy of http://www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml
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Actually, about $11,860.00 US dollars, courtesy of http://www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml
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Actually, about $11,860.00 US dollars, courtesy of http://www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml
I'm not suprised that he had a lot of cash, that is very typical in developing countries.

What is more suprising is that he had so many Zimbabwe dollars, rather than something more stable like Turkish lira.
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