Acting President Joice Mujuru’s statement on Chivero deaths


I learnt with deep grief and sorrow of the tragic death on Christmas Day of 11 children in a boat incident on Lake Chivero.

Whilst I am still to get the full facts on what happened on that fateful day, the initial reports point to callous negligence on the part of the boat owners, gross negligence which has cost us so tremendously by way of 11 hapless souls who did not deserve such a cruel fate.

As a mother and grandmother, I feel the full horror of this whole incident, all of it aggravated by the staggering toll borne by one victim-family, the Ruzvidzo family, which lost three children in that incident.

Such reckless disregard of life in its innocence trigger deep questions in all of us, more so in those in our midst whose quest for money and profit simply cheapen life in this extraordinary way.

On behalf of government and on my own behalf, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to all the families which have lost their little lovely angels in this terrible way on a day ironically dedicated to celebrating life. May the fact of our sharing in their grief lighten their pain.

The whole Nation joins them in this hour of pain and sorrow.