Condolences pour in for Chabata

HARARE - Condolences continue to pour in following the death of three officials from the Sports ministry, including the driver, who died on the spot while travelling to Hwange on Thursday for the Youths in Education through Sport (YES) Games. 

A CMED bus they were travelling in overturned and landed on its roof at Turnpike along the Harare-Bulawayo highway in an accident which also left other 10 people hospitalised.

Although there was no official statement yesterday, it is believed three officials from the ministry, Regis Chabata and the others two only identified as Fusire and Mpandase, died on the spot.

Yesterday, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) sent their condolences.

“We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing on of our dear friend and colleague in the sports fraternity,” Zifa said on their website.

“In this time of bereavement, we can only encourage those he left behind to seek solace from the Almighty.

“It is also important to celebrate what Chabata did for the world of sport and the nation at large.

“May his dear soul rest in eternal peace.

“Chabata died ...on Thursday along the Harare-Norton road on his way to Hwange for the Youth Education through Sport festival; an accident which claimed two other people.

“Chabata was also a match official. May the souls of all the departed rest in eternal peace.”

Sports and Recreation director-general Daniel Kuwengwa also sent his condolences.

“It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we have learnt of the sudden passing on of three officials from the ministry of Sport and Recreation;  . . . Chabata, Fusire and Mpandase on Thursday in Norton on their way to Hwange for the  . . . YES National Festival.

“What pains us most is that the officials met their fate while they were on duty, going to promote sport in Hwange. The officials were dedicated and committed to their work all the time. Their demise is not only a sad loss to the ministry . . . ; rather it is to the entire sporting community in this country because they were serving the nation too.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and the ministry . . .

“We also wish the injured a speedy recovery.

“May their souls rest and anchor in eternal peace.”

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