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Corpse Disfigured In Hearse Accident, Widow Killed

Corpse Disfigured In Hearse Accident, Widow Killed

A Honde Valley family suffered a double tragedy on Tuesday night when a hearse carrying their relative’s body was involved in an accident that left the corpse defaced and bruised.

Caleb Mapaya’s coffin was broken into pieces, leaving the corpse on the ground.

His widow, Cecilia Chingaya-Mapaya who was seated next to the driver of the hearse was thrown out of the vehicle and trapped underneath.

She was rushed to Hauna District Hospital but later died due to the injuries she sustained in the accident.

The accident occurred at the 22-kilometre peg along the Selborne-Aberfoyle Road in Chipupuri Village, Honde Valey.

The Mapayas were travelling to Honde Valley for burial in Harare-based funeral services, Chats Funeral Services, vehicle with two other relatives, Mary Muredzi and Whyson Makina.

Paul Chatadza was driving the vehicle while his assistant, Brian Chidhakwa, was also in the vehicle.

Chatadza reportedly lost control of the Mitsubishi Colt double cab, resulting in the vehicle veering off the road.

Makina, Chatadza and Chidhakwa, as well as Muredzi, sustained injuries and were all admitted at Hauna District Hospital on Tuesday night before being discharged on Wednesday morning.

The driver of the hearse, Chatadza has since been arrested and is assisting the police with investigations.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) acting spokesperson in Manicaland Province, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka, confirmed the incident to The Manica Post. He said:

The corpse was thrown out of the coffin and it landed on the ground. The driver was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle.

We urge motorists to desist from speeding and always adhere to road traffic rules.

Assistant Inspector Chinyoka added that when the vehicle veered off the road, it hit the road embankment and rolled several times, throwing Chingaya-Mapaya and her husband’s coffin out.

The late couple’s son, Tatenda Mapaya, said it was painful to lose both parents in a short space of time, especially under the circumstances. He said:

We were at my father’s funeral wake, only to hear that the hearse had been involved in an accident and that my mother had died too.

I thought they were joking, but this is the sad reality. The pain is just too much, but I guess that is what they both wanted.

Maybe they wanted to be together even in death, but it is really painful.

Mapaya’s aunt, Flora Gandiwa said that they have never experienced such a tragedy in their family. Said Gandiwa:

It is taboo for someone to die while on her way to bury her husband. The fact that the corpse sustained some injuries is scary.

How can a corpse be thrown out of an intact and secured coffin? The funeral service provider should tell us what really happened.

The couple is survived by six children.

More: The Manica Post

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22 Comments

Mai nono 7 months ago

so sad


JahūüáŅūüáľTsvarie-07 7¬†months ago

So sad hey, may family find comfort in the hands of the good GOD and let their souls rest in peace. its so much painful even if GOD's time is the best time.


lamar 7 months ago

@20 You are very correct. Mwari anobvumira kuti zvakaipa zviitike asi asi haasi iye anokonzera matambudziko

Ngwene 7 months ago

@20......uri muWachitawa iwewe kkkkkkk

@20 7 months ago

Mwari haasiri iye anoronga zvinhu zvose zvinoitika?Bhaibheri rinodzidzisa kuti Mwari ndiye Wemasimbaose, kureva kuti hakuna mumwe munhu anomuudza zvokuita pamashandisiro aanoita simba rake. (Jobho 37:23; Isaya 40:26) Asi haashandisi simba rake pose pose. Somuenzaniso, Bhaibheri rinoti Mwari ‚Äėakaramba achizvidzora‚Äô panyaya ine chokuita neBhabhironi rekare, iro raiva muvengi wevanhu vake. (Isaya 42:14) Ndizvowo zviri kuitika mazuva ano, ari kurega vanhu vachiita zvavanoda vachiitira vamwe zvakaipa. Asi Mwari haasi kuzoramba akapeta maoko.‚ÄĒPisarema 37:10, 11

Tkt 7 months ago

mmm ndarwadziwa nechitunha chakafa ka2 icho hey haaaa ma1, handione kuti chero dai aida kupfuka anopfuka uyu iye afa akafa haaaa maya haaa muke uyu


@mk 7 months ago

Zvinorwadza zororai murugare


Fuza madhingori 7 months ago

Uhm ma one may their souls rest in peace


Bright 7 months ago

Ummm zvorwadza izvi hey ma 1


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greatness 7 months ago

This is more than painfully . RIP


greatness 7 months ago

This is more than painfully . RIP


Clnto 7 months ago

Pakaitika shura chairo apo mufi akaramba kufa ega panezvaive zvatka mufu anga akagumbuka uyo ma1


ūü§®ūü§® 7¬†months ago

Ummm something wrong apa mufi akaramba kuenda ega uyo


zuma 7 months ago

oh very painful may their souls

rest in peace only god knows everything happens for a reason


Executioner 7 months ago

Yaeee people die in unbelievable ways this is so sad . I personally believe that there's a reason why happened


Nimrod mandishona 7 months ago

Chitunha icho chine mhepo vakomana chaida kuuraya vanhu vese ivava ummm


Bravo charlie 7 months ago

SO SAD RIP BRAVO CHARLIE BANKET


Kalo 7 months ago

So sad hey


chikiti.. musavengana 7 months ago

team honde valley ...ndoriziva team ireri nyararai zvenyu muti ziiiiiii iteam rangu iri


Nkust 7 months ago

Yaa pa forum pano pane vanowanza kuti vaka gwadziswa ne zanupf voti nguva yamwari ichakwana, apa panyaya iyi ndipo panotaugwa zvamwari accident nemufiro omunhu asi zve zanupf vanhu let's learn to fight back and find means to dribble the regime kwete kungoti mwari mwari


Never 7 months ago

Very sorry for the double tragedy.


cute 7 months ago

dzinzarinengozi bt dai zanu yakagadzira maturnel roads vanhu havaifa



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