6 babies’ bodies unclaimed at Gokwe morgue for 2 years 

SYDNEY MUBAIWA 

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GOKWE –  Bodies of six newly born babies have remained unclaimed at Gokwe Hospital for the last two years, Midlands Police has said.

In addition, there are three corpses of adults that have also not been claimed for a similar period and Midlands Police spokesperson has appealed to relatives to come and collect bodies of their loved ones for decent burial.

He said that the bodies have been in the morgue since July 2020.

“The bodies include those that were part of Police inquiries, with sudden death dockets being opened in efforts to establish causes of death. 

“Relatives never came foward to collect the bodies for decent burials,” said Mahoko.

Inspector Mahoko said the identities of the three infant bodies are not known while three others have been identified. 

“There is Moreblessing who died at Gokwe Hospital on September 1, 2021 one day after birth and the details of her mother are not known.

“Another infant Patience Nyoni died at birth on 24 November 2021 and the mother also disappeared. Her relatives are not known.

“We also have Kupakwashe Kupa’s body which was recorded on January 8, 2021 after he passed away at the hospital. He was from Mangwiro Village under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe South.

“We have Tanaka Muponda who died at just 14 days while admitted at the hospital and the whereabouts of her mother, Linet Gwachara of 3553 Sasame, Gokwe are not known. 

“The other one is a baby born to Brenda Mlalazi of Makeche Village under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe South. The baby died soon after birth on November 28, 2020 and the mother’s whereabouts are not known.

There is also an infant whose body was dumped in a bush at Huchu Village under Chief Nemangwe.

“There are also two unidentified bodies, one is a male adult who was discovered on October 12, 2021 at a disused house near Cottco depot in Gokwe.

Mahoko said according to the Zimbabwean culture, it is important to accord departed relatives a decent burial.

“We urge relatives of the deceased to claim their bodies to give them decent burials as this is important according to our cultural norms and values,” he said.

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