SKELETONS have literally tumbled out of Doves Funeral Services’ closet as the funeral assurer admits it possibly buried an empty coffin in Nyanga in March, and that the body in question was later on secretly buried in August in a “mass grave” in Harare…
The top funeral services provider has been caught in the middle of a storm after it mistakenly buried an empty coffin at a funeral in Nyanga in March this year, only to realize later that the body was still at its Harare mortuary.
To avoid creating a fight with the family of the deceased, Doves went on to secretly bury the body in question at Mbudzi cemetery in August this year in the same coffin as a pauper’s body, believing the affected family would never find out.
The deceased in question is one Maxwell Chimwamurombe, who died sometime early this year in March. According to the law firm, Doves presented an empty coffin for burial without a corpse.
During that time, due to strict Covid-19 regulations, there was no body viewing at funerals and the anomaly was not immediately discovered. However, Doves realized three days later that it had buried an empty coffin at Maxwell’s funeral in Nyanga as his corpse was still in Harare.
Instead of reaching out to the family to rectify the anomaly, Doves allegedly kept quiet about the incident hoping that the matter had died with the departed. Doves allegedly kept the corpse from March to August this year, a period of almost half a year.
Doves, in a statement responding to the allegations, says it has already met the Chimwamurombe family alongside Nyanga area Chief Saunyama, local police and other parties in efforts to address the anomaly.
“We therefore implore the family and all stakeholders involved to walk with us as we follow due process,” Doves says, adding that it was alive to the emotional stress the Chimwamurombe family is going through.
Doves hinted that the matter came to the attention of its managers from one of its employees. Hourlyhits.com understands that a top employee who recently got ill treated and lost his job gave away the scandal to media.
Furthermore, Doves says processes are already underway to exhume both graves so as to rectify the scandal.
However, in a scandal that looks set to open a can of worms, skeletons have literally tumbled out of Doves’ closet after the family found out the shocking issue and is now suing for injury and damages.
The shocking shenanigans are laid bare in a letter dated 26 October 2021 and written by Chimwamurombe Law Firm to Doves Funeral Services. The letter was copied to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, the Insurance and Pensions Commission and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
The Chimwamurombe family lawyers allege that Doves proceeded and buried the late Maxwell with a pauper at Granville Cemetery known as Mbudzi Cemetery in August, in a typical “mass grave” style.
The act was bizarre and criminal, the lawyers say.
“One cannot rule out ritualism,” says Chimwamurombe Law Firm. “We are advised that our client’s relative was either buried in the same grave or in the same coffin with a pauper. The burial was utterly disrespectful and demeaning to the Chimwamurombe family.”
In an attempt to douse the potentially damaging scandal, Doves dispatched a high-powered delegation to meet the Chimwamurombe family. The delegation comprised two company directors, the human resources manager and the public relations manager.
According to the lawyers, the delegation “blew hot and cold” when confronted by the family over the matter. They accepted that “something was wrong”.
It appears the Chimwamurombe family, represented by Brian Chimwamurombe, is proceeding to sue for damages caused by pain and suffering as a result of the alleged negligence by Doves. – HourlyHits.com