The police have released names of 27 of the 30 victims who died in the Brooklyn bus fire at West Nicholson in Gwanda two weeks ago.
It was all doom and gloom as relatives of the deceased arrived to collect their loved ones for burial with heavy faces and tears.
The remains of three other people were unidentified as relatives of the victims are yet to approach officials and provide DNA samples to enable the identification.
The accident occurred some weeks ago along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road and is suspected to have been caused by a gas cylinder that exploded.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba named the 27 victims who were identified with the assistance of the National University of Science and Technology’s Applied Genetics Testing Centre.
She appealed to members of the public who suspected that their relatives died in the inferno to come forward and enable the identification of the three remaining victims.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police informs the nation that 27 bodies of the victims who perished in the fatal fire incident that occurred at the 181 kilometre peg along Bulawayo-Beitbridge road on 15 November 2018, have been identified through forensic DNA tests which were conducted by the National University of Science and Technology.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is still appealing to members of the public who suspect that their relatives might have perished in the inferno to come forward for the DNA testing process at Nust, as three other remains are yet to be identified,” said Snr Asst Com Charamba.
She said the police and the Registrar General’s office have established a contact point at the hospital for the processing of burial orders.
The identified victims are; Bekezela Msipa, Boyd Mnhema, Chiedza Chatikobo, Fadzai Chaparadza, Getha Moyo, Judith Dhliwayo, Lilian Kudhande, Linnet Ndavambwa, Liverson Masunda, Loveness Ncube, Maria Chilongo, Maria Wilson, Mary Moyo, Mayibongwe Mhlanga, Melusi Nyoni, Mhurayi Moyo, Moment Mpofu, Precious Chatira Mpofu, Precious Zulu, Rutendo Masvina, Similo Ndlovu, Sitshengisiwe Nyathi, Soneni Dube, Tafadzwa Thomas, Takudzwa Chaparadza, Thembelani Nyathi and Thengiwe Sibanda.