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Road Traffic Accident Victims' Bodies Repatriated to Zimbabwe

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The government is assisting with burial expenses and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has already donated groceries that were used as families waited for the bodies.

The government is assisting with burial expenses and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has already donated groceries that were used as families waited for the bodies.

Nine of the deceased are from Malila and Malanda in Tsholotsho, while two are siblings aged seven and eight, from Matjinge area in Bilingoma, Bulilima

About eleven bodies of Zimbabweans who died in a road accident in Botswana almost two weeks ago are expected in the country Wednesday evening.

Eight of the deceased are from Malila line in Tsholotsho under Chief Gampu Sithole, who is part of the team tasked with the repatriation of the bodies.

Another victim is from Malanda Village in Tsholotsho, while two are siblings aged seven and eight, from Matjinge area in Bilingoma, Bulilima. The children’s mother and six other passengers survived the accident, which occurred when a truck they were travelling in hit a donkey and rammed into a tree, killing 11 people on the spot.

Tsholotsho District Administrator, Nosizi Dube, reportedly said most of the victims did not have passports, which delayed the repatriation of the bodies from Mahalpye Hospital mortuary in Botswana.

Most of the victims are related and Dube says they will be buried on the same day.

Chief Gampu told VOA Studio 7 that some government officials and relatives of the deceased have already left to receive the bodies at the Plumtree border post.

He added that the government is assisting with burial expenses, and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has already donated groceries that were used as families waited for the bodies.

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