The late ZANU PF councillor and headman in Mwenezi, Edson Chauke, was buried in an undignified manner as his body was in an advanced state of decomposition because Chikombedzi Hospital mortuary is not working due to power cuts.
Chauke died at 6 pm on Sunday and his body was wrapped in a blanket on his bed until Mwenezi Rural District Council collected it at 6 pm on Monday. His young brother Silas Musengi said:
My brother complained of stomach and chest pains and my uncle and I took him to Chikombedzi and the nurses on duty put him on two drips after promising that a doctor would come and see him. The doctor never came until he died 12 hours later. Apart from the drips, there was no other service rendered to him.
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After his death on Sunday, they said that the mortuary was not working and just wrapped him in blankets and left him the body on the bed until Monday evening when council officials came to ferry his body home.
Reports indicate that at Chauke’s funeral, Zanu PF dignitaries, officers from the President’s Office and heads of Government departments were left embarrassed due to the strong stench that was emanating from the corpse.
The burial was hushed and rushed and by 08:30, mourners were back from the graveyard.