Bishop Mutendi issues statement as 35 people die after bus carrying 106 ZCC members overturned


Zion Christian Church (ZCC) leader, Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, says the church will offer spiritual and mental support to families and survivors of the Chipinge bus disaster.

A St Charles Lwanga bus which was carrying 106 ZCC members who were going to Mbungo for the Easter pilgrimage was involved in an accident Thursday night, killing 35.

29 passengers died on the spot while six others died upon admission at Chipinge District Hospital.

71 others were injured.

The accident has since been declared a national disaster by President Mnangagwa.

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In a statement on Saturday, Bishop Mutendi said his prayers are with the families of the victims.

“The entire Zion Christian Church is profoundly saddened by the Jopa accident which claimed the lives of 35 of our congregants.

“Our prayers are with the departed and their families at this trying time.

“The Church’s relief arm RUCORS is now extended to offer material assistance such as food items and clothing, while on the other hand Church Elders are engaged in psychological and spiritual support to victims of the accident and their families,” reads the statement.

Bishop Mutendi also expressed his gratitude after the State pledged assistance.

“Our hearts have been touched by the outpouring condolence messages we have received from people from all walks of life.

“We also express our sincere gratitude to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe for offering appropriate State assistance in mitigating the effects of this disaster.

“We also thank our partner Ecosure for standing by our side at this time.

“May the dear souls of the deceased rest in eternal peace,” said Mutendi.

— HMetro

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