A FAMILY in Hwange is accusing police officers and health workers of allegedly refusing to take their relative for post- mortem leading them to bury him without knowing the cause of death.
The family spokesperson Jimmy Munkombwe of Chentali area said police attended the scene but refused to take his late brother Japhet Munkombwe for a post- mortem. As a result the family is suspecting foul play.
“As a family we suspect foul play because he was well when he left his family and never complained of ill-health. He had left to smoke dagga with a neighbour, after that he was found dead with a stub in the mouth. We reported the matter to the police but nothing was done,” said Munkombwe.
He said even health workers who came took a cue from the police.
“Initially police who were at our homestead ordered us to bury him without conducting post-mortem but I refused. After about 30 minutes police officers said they phoned their bosses who informed them to order us to bury him without a post- mortem,” he said.
He added: “Even the Covid-19 rapid response team came and just said these are Covid-19 days so you have to bury your beloved one. As a family we were left with no choice and worried. We had to bury him the following day,” he said.
Jimmy said after they buried his younger brother they sought help from Hwange District Registry to get a death certificate but at the registry officials demanded the post-mortem.
“We are now stuck because we wanted to have a death certificate as soon as possible so as to process his pension at his workplace. Hwange District Registry said we should come after three weeks,” he said.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Siphiwe Makonese was not reachable for a comment.
District medical officer for Hwange Dr Fungai Mvura declined comment.
“I have no comment,” she said.