A Nyanga family has been forced to travel to Bindura to collect body of their relative who was mistakenly buried there following a mix-up of names at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals mortuary on Saturday.

Machemedze succumbed to head and body injuries sustained in a road traffic accident along Sam Nujoma Street in Belgravia and was booked for a postmortem before burial.

He was 38.

Robert Machemedze’s body was reported to have been hurriedly buried by a Bindura family, leaving their real relative at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals mortuary.

Zimtrending learnt from Hmetro that before the body left,a family member was present to identify the body.

“One of the families confirmed a wrong body was theirs both at the hospital and during body viewing said Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals communications officer Linos Dhire.

Linos Dhire confirmed the incident and said the matter was being handled by the police.

“We had an incident where two bodies were mistakenly swapped as a result of errors in labelling and wrong identification by one of the families,” said Dhire.

“The matter is being handled by the police and we are informed that the process of exhuming the buried body is progressing well and both families are very cooperative.

“The hospital has since started establishing the actual circumstances leading to that unfortunate incident,” said Dhire.

The deceased’s wife Lucia Jaravaza, 27, told H-Metro that the family is failing to comprehend how the Bindura family failed to recognise the correct body considering that they got time to view and dress it before burial.


Robert Machemedze


Lucia Jaravaza (left) and her mother


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