A dark cloud of mourning engulfed the small town of Chegutu, when a contract worker died after a trench they were working in collapsed and buried him underneath some rubbles.
Chegutu town clerk, Alex Mandigo, confirmed the unfortunate accident.
“I can confirm that one of our contract council employees lost his life when a trench they were working on collapsed and was buried underneath some rubbles.
”I understand they were laying some sewer pipes.
Council workers try to retrieve Lovemore Chingeni’s body
”I heard that the trench was about 1,5metres deep,” said Mandigo.
”I am on leave for the next two weeks.
”You can get finer details of the incident from our chamber secretary Mr Chikuruwo,” he said.
Council Chamber Secretary, Jacob Chikuruwo, told H-METRO that the unfortunate accident happened on Friday morning.
”These guys were digging a sewer trench and we were rehabilitating our sewer using an excavator.
”It was when they were removing some old asbestos pipes and replacing them with plastic pipes when the trench collapsed,” said Chikuruwo.
He said that three of the workers managed to escape to safety.
”Vatatu vakakwanisa kutiza asi, Lovemore haana kugona kubuda akabva atsimbirirwa nevhu,” he said.
However, relatives of the deceased told H-METRO that their family was still shell-shocked and in a state of disbelief because of the untimely death of their brother Lovemore Chingeni.
He was 34.
The elder brother Obert Chingeni, 49, told H-METRO that the death of his young brother was a big blow to the family.
”Tarwadziwa zvisingati norufu rwaLovemore.”
This is not the first time for such incidents to happen in Zimbabwe. Last month, a police officer attached to the CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit was trapped to death when the ground he was standing on carved and gave in at Magobo illegal mining site in Shamva.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the team was carrying out investigations in Shamva when the incident happened.
The ground he was standing on gave in and he was trapped and died. His body was retrieved and buried.