Tragedy as kombi runs over seven-year-old PLAY­MATES CON­CEAL BOY’S DEATH

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara

A GRADE Two pupil from Mbizo Pri­mary School in Bu­l­awayo’s Lu­veve sub­urb died af­ter be­ing hit by a kombi in Cow­dray Park.

The driver of the kombi, who is yet to be iden­ti­fied, rushed Tadiwa Hil­lary Fida (7) to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal soon af­ter the ac­ci­dent which oc­curred at around 12PM on Sun­day.

Tadiwa died due to se­ri­ous head in­juries hours later. The driver is said to have handed him­self over to the po­lice af­ter­wards.

Hos­pi­tal staff had a tor­rid time lo­cat­ing the boy’s fam­ily. Sources said Tadiwa had ac­com­pa­nied his friends for a hair­cut and the kombi hit him as he ran to catch up with them. The boy’s play­mates didn’t no­tify his par­ents. Speak­ing to The Chron­i­cle, Tadiwa’s mother Ms Si­bonile Moyo said she be­came wor­ried when her son did not come home.

“I wan­dered around Cow­dray Park search­ing for him to no avail,” she said.

“Later on I asked a neigh­bour to ac­com­pany me to the po­lice sta­tion. I felt my blood freeze when we were told that there was a young boy who had been hit by a car.

“A neigh­bour called and told me to aban­don the search on the pre­text that they had found him. I sensed some­thing was amiss as I rushed home. I al­most blacked out when they told me Tadiwa had been hit by a car in the af­ter­noon,” said Ms Moyo.

She said Tadiwa’s friends, who had ear­lier said they didn’t know where he was, con­fessed he had been hit by a car.

The friends, Ms Moyo said, fled from the scene and were afraid to tell any­one.

“We then pro­ceeded to Bu­l­awayo Traf­fic West but be­fore we got there we were told of his death. I saw the ve­hi­cle that killed my son. It’s in very bad shape, it could have been speed­ing,” she said.

The griev­ing mother said her son had died a very painful death.

She said they pro­ceeded to Mpilo in the com­pany of the driver’s friends and ve­hi­cle owner to iden­tify the body but she was so grief-stricken that she could not get into the mor­tu­ary.

Ms Moyo said her hus­band is on his way from South Africa where he works.

News about the ac­ci­dent cir­cu­lated on What­sApp on Sun­day evening.

A mes­sage read that a boy be­tween the age of eight and 10 years had been hit by a kombi and was ap­peal­ing for rel­a­tives who had a miss­ing son in Cow­dray Park to check with Mpilo’s ca­su­alty ward.

“I didn’t see the mes­sage. I just heard to­day that there was such a mes­sage,” said Ms Moyo.

She said she had not met the driver who was still in po­lice cus­tody but she had met the owner of the ve­hi­cle, his friends and rel­a­tives who had of­fered to as­sist with burial ar­range­ments. Mourn­ers are gath­ered 16692 Cow­dray Park. A com­ment from po­lice could not be ob­tained.

Ms Si­bonile Moyo

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