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At Nyaradzo, Police are investigating a body with a sliced lip and a disfigured nose

At Nyaradzo, Police are investigating a body with a sliced lip and a disfigured nose
Patricia Mhizha who died aged 46 in Zvishavane on May 14, 2022 (Image Credit: ZimLive)

At Nyaradzo, Police are investigating a body with a sliced lip and a disfigured nose

After her body was discovered with a slashed lip and deformed nose, the family of a deceased 46-year-old lady are demanding answers from Nyaradzo Funeral Services.

Patricia Mhizha (46), a resident of Zvishavane, died on Saturday.

Mhizha’s funeral was postponed because her relatives discovered that her body had a slashed lower lip and a deformed nose when it was collected from Nyaradzo.

Patrick Mhizha, Patricia’s twin brother, told ZimLive that his sister had fought heart illness for 14 years before dying. He said:

They hacked her lip off, which is unfortunate because I was the one who looked after my sister when she died.

Before Nyaradzo carried her remains to Harare, we recognized her and confirmed that her corpse was still whole.

On Sunday, Nyaradzo called to say the body had arrived safely and that we should bring blankets and garments for the dressing.

After my relatives had gone in first, I was requested to verify an uncommon flaw on the corpse on Monday at the Nyaradzo Herbert Chitepo branch.

My sister’s lip had been hacked off and her nose had been scarred, which startled me.

I asked them about it and the driver who took the body from Zvishavane denied knowing anything saying the corpse was transported in that state.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi, confirmed receipt of a report from the bereaved family. He said:

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has received a report involving a corpse at a funeral parlour, which is currently under investigation.

As police, we are appealing to members of the public and the media to allow the current enquiry process to proceed smoothly before meeting any conclusion.

Meanwhile, Nyaradzo Group released a statement on Tuesday saying the body was referred into its care from a hospital mortuary in Zvishavane on Sunday. Read the statement:

On the 15th day of May 2022, we transferred into our care, from a Government hospital mortuary in Zvishavane, the body of one female deceased who had passed on at a private medical centre in Zvishavane, albeit with lower lip and nose lacerations.

Collaborative efforts are underway between ourselves, her family, the place of initial care, the police as well as the forensic pathology unit to ascertain the facts of this.

We would like to reassure our clients, and the public at large, that we appreciate their concern wherein such sensitive matters occur, and affirm our commitment to following all procedural requirements applicable to issues of this nature, to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

We remain committed to providing professional end-of-life services, attending to each and every client’s needs in order to ensure a dignified send-off for our dear departed.

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