Four of the 28 government staff houses commissioned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Beitbridge on Wednesday suffered roof damage during a storm just hours after the official ceremony.
Strong winds blew zinc roofing sheets from a nearby house onto the four properties, causing damage to the asbestos roofing.
The freak incident took place at around 3PM after Mnangagwa had left for a Zanu PF rally at Dulivhadzimo Stadium.
Zinc roofing sheets from the neighbour’s house, identified only as Ndou, could be seen lying near the new houses commissioned by Mnangagwa just a few hours earlier.
Faith Tamirepi, a tenant at Ndou’s house, told ZimLive: “The roof was partially blown off during a storm and our property was soaked.
“We picked some of the roofing sheets at those new houses and we’re just waiting for the owner of the house.”
No-one was injured, she said.
Mnangagwa commissioned the 28 new houses which are part of 52 built so far to accommodate government workers in the border town – Zimbabwe’s gateway to South Africa.