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Mugabe’s Borrowdale Brooke neighbour speaks out

A Harare man who is expected to appear in court tomorrow after his dogs killed a buck at President Robert Mugabe’s mansion in Borrowdale Brooke last year is proud to be the First Family’s neighbour.

BY OUR STAFF

Michael Pazarangu

Michael Pazarangu

Michael Pazarangu is facing charges of allowing to “be at large any unmuzzled ferocious dog” as defined in Section 46 (2)(r) of the Third Schedule of the Criminal Law and Codification Act Chapter 9:23.

The Standard yesterday managed to track down Pazarangu for an interview in Harare. Pazarangu said he had “no problem with my neighbour”, adding that he was not interested in politics.

“I am not a politician. You don’t find me in Zanu PF and MDCs because I am not interested in it [politics],” he said.

Pazarangu had a terse “no comment” response when asked whether he had been invited to Bona Mugabe’s wedding to Simba Chikore early this year.

The mega wedding was held at the First’s Family’s residence opposite Pazarangu’s house.

The State alleges that on May 22 and 23 last year, Pazarangu’s dogs strayed into President Mugabe’s residence where they killed a buck. When an officer on duty saw the dogs devouring the animal, they ran away into Pazarangu’s homestead. Officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority later identified the dogs as the ones they had shot at the previous year.

When he was summoned to appear in court last week, Pazarangu kept it a secret to his family which only knew about the case when it was splashed in newspapers.

“I didn’t want my family to be traumatised. Also, I didn’t want the story to come out because it embarrasses the President,” he said.

Pazarangu said when he moved into Borrowdale Brooke, tyres on his three cars were stolen one night. When he replaced the tyres and parked his cars closer to the house, thieves pounced again and stole the tyres.

“It was at that point that I started keeping the dogs,” said the man born in Pazarangu Street in Mbare. The street was named after his father, Patrick Michael Pazarangu, the former post master during the federation of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Nyasaland (Malawi).

Patrick Michael was awarded the Member of the order of the British Empire given to an individual for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

33 Responses to Mugabe’s Borrowdale Brooke neighbour speaks out

  1. Mugido June 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

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  2. Jonsoh June 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    What do the bye-laws say about keeping bucks on a private residence?

    • Simba Mandeya June 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

      Jonsoh read the new constitution. Whether there are by laws prohibiting keeping wild life on residential premises, the president enjoys immunity in his personal and official capacity and can not be accused of wrong doing in any court in Zimbabwe. We voted the new constitution into effect my dear brother!!! As far as Zimbabwe law i concerned, His Excellency is ALWAYS on the right side. Too bad for Michael. The least he can do is to negotiate and settle for an out of court settlement with the First Family.

    • word writer June 26, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      how can the security of our president not notice or not repair a hole in the fence. The dogs revealed a security flaw.The neighbour should be thanked, not persecuted.

  3. Shereni June 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Chenjera kuti imba yako will be gazetted for compulsory acquisition. There are no property rights in Zim!

  4. Chubb Antonio June 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Pazarangu Patrick was the first Postmaster of Harari Post Office(now Mbare) in S.Rhodesia.One of the most colourful African postmasters who joined the service as a messenger January 1930 at Manica Rd Post Office. Was always an ambitious young man, and was the fastest Telegraph Messenger on his rounds. Dabled in politics of the 50’s. Was a staunch supporter of the policies of Government and almost lost his life when he was attacked and beaten up by nationalists. As a member of the Harari Advisory Board, contributed greatly to the well-being of Harari(Mbare) residents.

  5. Privilege Musvanhiri June 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Good story but I think it has some inconsistencies. What is the link of the court case and Pazarangu’s invitation to Bona’s wedding. I feel the story could have been better with more investigation on bylaws about keeping wildlife in a residential area, and even to get a comment from lawyers of the complainant or state prosecution.

    • freeman June 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      These neighbors can’t they seat down and try to sort this privately and peaceful. These are senior citizens they should show that Loving your neighbor it’s good thing(love your neighbor as u love yourself)

  6. gumbo June 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    guys chingonyatsoi taura zvamunoda pana president kwete kutiita setisingafungi kani vangani vakangoenda kwavakokwa …

  7. chief June 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    what has Pazarangu said?,i just heard ”no comment”kutaura here uku,writers plz be serious mhani

    • tafamutekwe June 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      You are spot on Chief. The headline is just a teaser and misleading. In fact it should have read ” Mugabe’s Borrowdale Brook neighbour refuses to speak out.”

  8. Mhof June 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    How did Parazangu’s dogs manage to get past security?????

  9. zivanai June 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    ngavataurirane vavakidzani

  10. zivanai June 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    vakagarisana ngavataurirane

  11. Hlox June 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    kunzima

  12. Tofazvedu June 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    Chinonetsa ndechokuti. Hatina kunzwawo kuti ivo President varikuti chii nenyaya yacho. Kune vaya vanoda kuti vanzi varikugona basa nokusaidhira president but vachisika moto pakati pe mafamilies maviri aya. President vanochetwa nemasoja ne CIO. Pazarangu anocheta imbwa kuti dzimuchengetewo. Mhuka yakauraiwa yaiva yaPresident here kana kuti yaipfuurawo nemuyadhi mavo. Regai vaviri vataurirane. President munhu. Kunzi president izita rebasa. Pazarangu kumbira masoja kuti utaure naPresident. Kwete kungoti netunyaya tusina maturo tongonzi munhu ngaende ku court nokuti zvaitika muyard yemukuru yenyika. Kurayi mhani.

  13. John moyo June 23, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    ahh zvakaoma izvi vavakidzani vangasvike kuendesana kuma court nenyaya yakadai. The aspect of Ubuntu is seriously lacking here. From such elders I expect them to demonstrate to us vechidiki magazine edu echivanhu now they are leaving us with nothing to learn or emulate. Ndanyara

  14. John moyo June 23, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    Magariro edu meant to say

  15. sance June 23, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    Izvi zvinonyadzisa kwazo. Iyo membwe mumayardi inobvumirwa here?

  16. dhlams June 23, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    apa shereni wandinakidza zvse nemba yacho

  17. Gadhafi June 23, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Ngavataurirane,leader wedu ne neigbour yake

  18. Farai June 23, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    President ngavatiitire mushe. Mhembwe siyai dzigare musango madzakasununguka. Apa kuzotoendeserwa kudare remhosva as if muvakidzani akatozviita deliberately. Any lawyer out there please tijekeserewo kuti mutemo unoti nenyaya yekupfuya mhembwe mudhewudhewu.

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  20. joko June 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    ivo venhau vanongobvondora nyaya dzisinga fanirwi kutaurwa, iwe mutapi wenhau wakasvika seyi kunharaunda idzi

  21. Machangara June 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    What is a buck doing at Mugabe’s house first of all.

  22. Wehutsi June 24, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Meaningless story hapana chataurwa chinonzwisisika apa imbwakuuraya mhembwe muchato wabona neibour speaks out with no comment hayas

  23. t.man June 24, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    Mugabe’s shit doesn’t stink

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