Nyanga villagers who recently canoed across the flooded Gairezi River to repatriate the body of their relative who died in Mozambique are now in trouble with authorities.
The brave villagers are accused of flouting laws on the repatriation of dead bodies and crossing the border illegally.
They used a makeshift canoe to bring back the remains of Chengetai Nyamutowa (43) who died in a motorcycle accident in Mozambique.
Speaking to Manica Post, Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luxson Chananda said the men face arrest and investigations into the incident are already underway. He said:
Nyamutowa had travelled to Mozambique when he was involved in an accident on January 23. He was travelling on a motorcycle when the accident happened and died on the spot.
It was established that Nyamutowa’s family and community members used a makeshift canoe to repatriate the body through the flooded Gairezi River.
These people face arrest and investigations are already underway to identify the culprits.
They should have adhered to the repatriation processes of taking the body through a designated entry point.
The 12 Nyanga villagers’ act of bravery recorded in a video has since gone viral on social media.