Doves empty coffin saga: driver fired

07 Jan, 2022 - 00:01 0 Views
Doves empty coffin saga: driver fired


Mathew Masinge

THE Doves Funeral Services driver involved in the Nyanga empty coffin burial mix-up was fired on New Year’s Eve.

A source said Sam Chitsike’s contract was terminated on December 31 on allegations of negligence of duty.

Doves Holdings group public relations manager, Innocent Tshuma, declined to comment on the issue claiming that full details would be provided after police investigations.

“I am not in any position to comment on any development at the moment. Like we said, we are letting the police do their work and we all make sure this issue is put to bed,” said Tshuma.

The company came under fire last year after the body of Maxwell Chimwamurombe was allegedly kept in a morgue for six months, between March and August last year.

Unsuspecting relatives were made to bury an empty coffin in Nyanga’s Matoropoto Village.

Chitsike is being accused of concealing the mix-up and later taking up the burden to notify the family of the alleged faulty burial.

During the mix-up, the body was later given a pauper’s burial, at Granville Cemetery.

However, the body was later exhumed for reburial.

In his defence, Chitsike, who joined Doves as a security guard, claimed he was merely a transporter and the fault was with the morticians.

He said he had collected the body from Parirenyatwa, together with two plastic bags, which contained the deceased’s belongings.

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