An investigation by Moonlight Funeral Services Private Limited on the state of the body of Vusimuzi Sibindi show that the body of the deceased was already bad by the time Moonlight removed him from Kadoma Hospital.
by Donald Tafadzwa Chidoori
Reports on social media had intimated that Moonlight delivered a decomposed body after they had taken the body to their mortuary in good condition.
In pursuit of the circulation of the events alleged in the social media in Kadoma; Moonlight carried out an independent investigation and interviewed those who personally handled the deceased.
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Risk and Insurance Zimbabwe had earlier this week (08 February) made a report on the Kadoma burial. On that same day Moonlight send a strong delegation comprising of their Compliance Officer and Funeral Services Director, to go on the ground to find out what had exactly transpired.
Investigations by the team indicated that that the body of Vusimuzi was already bad by the time of burial. However, Moonlight Funeral was not responsible for the body going bad, as the body was already decomposed by the time the funeral services company removed it from Kadoma Hospital for burial.
“Our staff that handled the removal acknowledged that the body had already gone bad at the time the company was requested to carry out its duties and as it is the duty of the company to remove and bury bodies under whatever circumstances carried on with their normal course of work,” stated Moonlight Funeral in a press statement, released today.
Investigations into the matter show that the deceased was received by the out-patient section of Kadoma hospital and not the mortuary section which is not standard procedure for deceased persons.
On top of that the Mortuary staff only inspected the body at the out-patient section, since the body had already been shrouded by the time they were called to inspect which is not a duty of the out-patient staff and not procedural.
Furthermore by the time mortuary staff attended the body, the body had already gone bad, and the hospital had to spray the out-patient section to cover the foul smell that was being emitted by the body. As such, when Moonlight was requested to carry out its duties of body removal, the body was already decomposed and there was nothing they could do except fulfill the burial duties.
On another note; circumstances into the death of Vusimuzi Sibindi are still hazy. An order for burial was issued by the registrar for births and deaths instead of a burial order. A burial order is issued only in respect of natural deaths and an order for burial is issued where death is caused by accidents and unnatural causes such as murders.
The ZRP and the Medical Doctor for purposes of issuing a burial order had endorsed the death as a suspicious death or foul play through the completion of the 231 form.
Strangely there was no request for a post mortem in light of the fact that the ZRP had indicated that there was suspected foul play on the 231 form.
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