Bishop Mutendi visits Chimanimani, launches bus disaster fund

Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

CHIMANIMANI – Zion Christian Church (ZCC) head Nehemiah Mutendi visited Chimanimani where he attended a memorial service for 39 church members who perished in a bus disaster during Easter and launched a disaster fund for survivors.

The fund will cater for survivors, mainly children who lost their parents during the accident.

The church also adopted children who were orphaned under their social responsibility arm- The Rugare Community Relief.

The secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Edgars Seenza said there are 13 people who are still admitted at Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital.

The memorial service was held at Ngangu grounds in Chimanimani on Sunday. Mutendi thanked the local community and other for assisting church members during the disaster.

“I want to thank all who supported us and who are still assisting us as a church. We are very grateful for the support. As a church we will also continue to support the children who lost their parents during the accident,” he said.

Chimanimani East MP, Joshua Sacco said the memorial made a big impact to the lives of Chimanimani people.

Seenza said Government will continue to give support to families of the deceased and survivors.

“The government declared the accident a national disaster and will therefore assist families with coffins, transport, food and medical accessories,” he said.

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