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Kings and Queens Funeral services donate to horror crash victims

by Caroline Chiimba
15 Mar 2017 at 08:00hrs | Views
THE Kings & Queens funeral services, Bulawayo branch, donated burial necessities to the Sibanda Horror crash victims who perished along Gwanda Road last week and laid to rest at West Park cemetery yesterday morning.

The company donated six coffins, six hearses, grave tents, bottled water, six lowering machines, and the whole services that include removal of bodies, body wash, dressing and chapel use, to assist with the burial.

The deceased laid to rest were Gift Sibanda (43), Gracious Sibanda (41), Luke Sibanda (65), Sovia Sibanda (37), Margret Dube (46), Rebecca Dube (65), and Grace Ndemera (48).

"The seventh person laid to rest had a policy with us," said Ruth Kapora, Kings and Queens Funeral services representative. "We felt obliged to assist our local community at their time of need as we wanted to give back to society."

Kings and Queens Real Funeral Services was first established in South Africa in 2004 and spread its wings to Zimbabwe in 2010 when its founders opened a Bulawayo branch in Kelvin North.

The company that pride itself in providing quality services to its clients fulfilled is mandate as it took it upon itself to stretch a helping hand to the rest of Sibanda members who perished despite the fact that only one family member had a policy with them.

The family, which also received help from the State to bury their loved ones appreciated the gesture by the company.

The deceased met their fate during the early hours of Wednesday last week while headed to Masvingo to bury a relative when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology.

According to Police reports, mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jack-knifed into the lane of oncoming traffic.

The driver of the haulage truck, Mr Lameck Marapira (29), said the haulage truck hit a pothole and he lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi.

Upon Collision, the haulage truck dragged the kombi for a distance and the truck's load - tonnes of glass and wooden pallets - crushed the kombi, killing 13 on spot and injuring 4

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere described the accident as tragic and said the nation shares the sorrow of the bereaved families and wished full recovery to the injured who are hospitalised.

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Source - Caroline Chiimba