Zion Christian Church (ZCC) leader, Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, said the church will provide material, psychological and spiritual support to the families and survivors of the Chimanimani bus disaster.
Thirty-six (36) ZCC members were killed while 70 were injured when a St Charles Lwanga High School bus in which they were travelling crashed in Chimanimani on Thursday night.
The bus, which was carrying 105 passengers en route to Mbungo for an Easter gathering, lost brakes on a steep slope about 5km before the Jopa turn-off before it veered off the road and rolled over 200 metres downslope.
The accident was declared a national disaster by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday.
In a statement on Saturday, Bishop Mutendi said the church was praying for the departed and the families of the victims. He said:
The entire Zion Christian Church is profoundly saddened by the Jopa accident which claimed the lives of  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.
Our hearts have been touched by the outpouring of 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.