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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leonard Ncube

AN Apos­tolic Faith Mis­sion (AFM) pas­tor, his wife, their two-year-old daugh­ter and a fe­male mem­ber of the church died on the spot while four other peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured when a ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in veered off the road and over­turned along the Hwange-Vic­to­ria Falls Road early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened about 40km out­side Vic­to­ria Falls at around 1AM when Pas­tor Noel Chiruva, who was driv­ing, al­legedly failed to ne­go­ti­ate a curve.

The ve­hi­cle — a Toy­ota Gran­via — rolled once, crush­ing and in­stantly killing the four peo­ple seated in the front seats.

Pas­tor Chiruva, his wife Von­gai, daugh­ter Ru­varashe and a con­gre­gant iden­ti­fied as Mrs Mar­garet Nyakumbi, were on their way to the church’s Women In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence in Masvingo when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Mrs Nyakumbi was a renowned busi­ness­woman in Vic­to­ria Falls op­er­at­ing a num­ber of shops.

The in­jured church mem­bers, who have not been iden­ti­fied, were yes­ter­day trans­ferred from Vic­to­ria Falls Dis­trict Hospi­tal to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal in Bulawayo.

AFM Mata­bele­land North over­seer Pas­tor Isaac Kodzwa said the death of Pas­tor Chiruva had robbed the church of an im­por­tant fig­ure.

“We’re still shocked as a church be­cause we lost one of our gal­lant sol­diers. They were go­ing to a na­tional Women’s Con­fer­ence in Masvingo when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred,” said Pas­tor Kodzwa who vis­ited the scene of the ac­ci­dent from Hwange yes­ter­day morn­ing. A church el­der Mr Ozias Marange said the in­jured were res­cued by passersby. “We were shocked by this ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent. We rushed there at 2AM and the in­jured had al­ready been car­ried to hospi­tal by mo­torists while bod­ies were still trapped in the car which was in the mid­dle of the road,” he said. Mrs Nyakumbi’s hus­band, Chris, looked shaken when a Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited his house in Vic­to­ria Falls yes­ter­day morn­ing. A mem­ber of the church, Mr Isa­iah Maisiri, who spoke on his be­half, said Mrs Nyakumbi left around mid­night with other church mem­bers on their way to the con­fer­ence in Masvingo. Po­lice could not read­ily con­firm the ac­ci­dent. — @ ncubeleon

Pas­tor Noel Chiruva and his wife Von­gai

The wreck­age of the car in which the pas­tor and his fam­ily were trav­el­ling

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