Nine bodies unclaimed at Gokwe Hospital

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Gokwe (New Ziana) – A total of nine bodies have gone uncollected for burial at Gokwe Hospital since July 2020, the police said on Monday.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has urged the public to collect their relatives’ bodies for burial with one of the bodies of an unknown man staying for more than two years.

The man’s body was brought to the hospital mortuary on 12 July 2020, after it had been discovered at an advanced stage of decomposition at Mapfungautsi Forestry.

Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said the public should assist in locating relatives of these people.

Of the nine, only four have been identified who include Tanaka Muponda, aged 14 days who was admitted on 16 October 2021 with his mother Linet Gwachara of 3553 Sesame 1 Gokwe. Muponda later died in hospital and the mother disappeared and has not been seen again.

Others identified include an infant only identified as Moreblessing who died soon after birth but her mothers’ whereabouts are not known. Moreblessing’s body was reported on 1 September 2021.

Another infant Patience Nyoni died at birth on 24 November 2021 and the mother also disappeared. Her relatives are not known.

Kupakwashe Kupa’s body was reported on 8 January 2021 after he passed away at the hospital. He was from village Mangwiro under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe South.

The other four who are unidentified include a man who was found dead in an unused house near Cottco depot at Gokwe Centre on 12 October 2021.

The other is a baby born to Brenda Mlalazi of Makeche Village under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe South. The baby died soon after birth on 28 November 2020 and the mother’s whereabouts are not known.

The remaining two are of infants that were dumped, with the first one dumped in a bush at Huchu Village under Chief Nemangwe on 1 June this year and the other dumped in a blair toilet in Mapfungautsi area of Gokwe on 10 April.

Insp. Mahoko said according to the Zimbabwean culture, it is important to accord departed relatives a decent burial.

He said the bodies were involved in police inquiries with sudden death dockets being opened in efforts to establish the causes of death.

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