GMB blast vic­tims buried

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa in LION’S DEN

THE six Grain Mar­ket­ing Board work­ers, who per­ished in an ex­plo­sion that rocked its Lion’s Den de­pot three weeks ago, were fi­nally buried yes­ter­day.

Burial was de­layed by over two weeks as there were dif­fi­cul­ties in pos­i­tively iden­ti­fy­ing the burnt bodies.

Those buried in­clude Peter Marewa, Chin­hoyi Stars player Craig “Thazza” Nya­soro, Collin Gutse, Josephine Moyo, Foster Mu­pambwa and Bless­ing Ma­jasi.

Gov­ern­ment took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain to the com­mu­nity the rea­sons for the de­lay in bury­ing the de­ceased.

Makonde Sen­a­tor Prisca Mup­fu­mira said au­thor­i­ties needed to as­cer­tain the true iden­ti­ties of the bodies be­fore giv­ing the green light for burial.

This fol­lows ear­lier clashes be­fore the burial of one of the vic­tims with an­other fam­ily ac­cus­ing the other of want­ing to bury the wrong body.

“We would like to pass our con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­i­lies, the people of Mur­ereka and Makonde dis­trict as a whole. We would like to thank the com­mu­nity for work­ing to­gether in this try­ing time,” said Sen­a­tor Mup­fu­mira.

“It is not easy to deal with a tragedy of this mag­ni­tude and given that there has been long pe­riod wait­ing to bury the bodies. This was ne­ces­si­tated by the need to pos­i­tively iden­tify the bodies. It was nec­es­sary to en­sure that people bury the right bodies. That is why it took time be­fore we could bury the six bodies”

She said the six died in the line of duty work­ing for their coun­try.

Turn­ing to GMB, she said the paras­tatal should learn from the tragedy to put in place preven­tive mea­sures through holis­ti­cally look­ing at its struc­tures and sys­tems.

“As GMB, you should put in place mea­sures to en­sure that we do not have sim­i­lar ac­ci­dents in fu­ture. Re­fur­bish­ment of silos should be done holis­ti­cally not in bits and pieces be­cause we do not know where the next ex­plo­sion is go­ing to oc­cur,” she said.

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