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Memorial service for Murehwa bus disaster victims

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CHURCHES in Mutoko have organised a memorial service for the 27 people, mostly Mutoko residents, who perished in a bus accident that occurred in Murehwa on January 18.

BY Jairos Saunyama

Mutoko East MP Ricky Mawere told NewsDay yesterday that the interdenominational service would be held on Saturday at All-Souls Mission Church and led by a Catholic priest identified as Father Mberi.

“The first service will be done at the spot or scene of the accident, a move meant to exorcise the road stretch that has become a black spot. Then at 11am, a major service will be done at All Souls Mission where relatives of those who died will be in attendance,” Mawere said.

“We are also taking this opportunity to pray for two more other victims from my constituency who are still at Parirenyatwa Hospital. The other victim is still in the Intensive Care Unit, while the other is recovering in one of the wards, hence they need prayers.”

The 27 died when a Mutoko-bound Zupco bus was sideswiped by a Pioneer-Unifreight bus about 35 kilometres along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway.

According to police, 24 people died on the spot while a Zupco bus driver and two others later succumbed to injuries at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Over the years, the Harare-Nyamapanda highway has turned into a death trap as several fatal accidents involving buses and haulage trucks have been recorded.

To date, two Zupco buses have killed 34 people inside six months at almost the same spot.

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