A Danhamombe High School Yutong bus was burnt to ashes after being hired to a church service at Mutendi Shrine in Masvingo rural on Sunday.
The bus which was bought at a cost of over US$145 000 was burnt after a whirlwind swept away fire that was lit by congregants and burnt tents. The fire then leapt onto a kombi which was parked besides the bus before the bus itself caught fire.
Masvingo Police Spokesperson could neither confirm nor deny the matter.
Danhamombe head Emmanuel Muvengu confirmed the incident but referred further questions to Chivi District Schools Inspector Isaac Gwamuri.
ZCC Mutendi spokesperson Raymond Muringani confirmed the incident and said negotiations on the way forward between the church and the school are underway.
Sources said that the fire started at around 09:00 hours in the morning and burnt tents that were pitched and spread to a Sprinter and the bus was burnt at around 09:25 hrs when people had gone to Taberi.The bus was hired from the school on Saturday, October 14 and carried over 60 passengers and it was supposed to return on the 52.3km journey after a week.
Danhamombe is a Chivi RDC run school.
Danhamombe SDC chairperson Junias Gurajena said the bus did not have full cover insuarance.
“On October 16 we attended a meeting with the ZCC finance committee and we consulted them making an appeal to Bishop Mutendi for help, parents are angry and bitter because of what happened, said Gurajena”.
“I can confirm that the bus hired from Danhamombe by ZCC congregation was burnt to ashes at Mutendi shrine. I do not know how it happened,” said Muringani.