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Family members perish in accident


Five members of the same family are among the 10 victims who perished in a road traffic accident in Chipinge on Sunday. The victims include two minors and a nine-month-old child.

Yesterday, the police in Mutare released the names of the 10 victims.

These are Tabitha Kuuyangepi (15), Tryfin Kuuyangepi (12), Pertinance Kuuyangepi (15), Edith Kuuyangepi (7), Harmington Kuuyangepi (age not given), Joyce Sithole (58), Samson Sithole (44), Portia Sithole (21), Nyarai Muumbe (2) and Obvious Kumbula (nine months).

All the deceased, except for Samson, were residents of Takunda B village under Chief Musikavanhu’s area in Chipinge.

According to the police, Samson stayed in Alaska near Chinhoyi.The 10 were part of 24 members of the Holy Nation Church who boarded a sand-laden lorry while coming from a church baptism ceremony before the lorry missed the bridge and plunged into Mungazi River.

The 10 died on the spot, while 14 others were injured, eight of them seriously.

The truck driver Farai Tendai Gatura and seven others are reportedly still admitted at Chipinge District Hospital.

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