By Mary Taruvinga
AN audio recording, in which a man who claims to be the whistle-blower in Doves Funeral Services (DFS) burial mix-up saga, has been leaked exposing an alleged ongoing rot at the funeral parlour.
The employee in the recording also claims his life is in danger.
The employee is identified himself only as William at the beginning of the audio, claims that Nyasha, brother to Dove’s owner, Farai Matsika, almost hit him with a vehicle at the funeral parlour for exposing that the company reportedly buried an empty coffin in error.
Doves then secretly buried the body months later without informing the family.
In the audio recording, William says he has worked for Doves for 17 years and has never witnessed such a burial scandal.
He claims the case has tormented him and he had to approach his bosses after noticing they were still keeping the body months after they picked the anomaly.
William said the late Maxwell Chimwamurombe was swept by the river in Nyanga before his body was retrieved downstream near Mutoko last March.
The body was collected by Doves from Parirenyatwa Hospital, but there was confusion which resulted in morticians putting an empty body bag in his coffin before it was carried to Nyanga for burial.
This, according to William, happened between March 16 and 19 this year.
He said one of his superiors, Abisha Chihuri said he received an instruction from Nyasha to mix Maxwell’s body with that of a pauper, one Ngoni Rwizi whose body came from an old people’s home.
“It all happened in my eyes, ” he said.
The employee claimed he made repeated inquiries but started receiving threats from Nyasha who would threaten to fire him without benefits.
He then called Farai Matsika who told him the case was being investigated.
According to his narration, the investigations were controversial because no one was excused for investigations to be carried out properly.
He said the Doves team then went to Nyanga “and lied that some body parts had been left at the parlour by mistake.”
He said Doves was willing to pay the family US$75 000 but the family needed an amount over US$100 000.
However, William said he was shocked to later learn that his employer was suing the family for extortion and he was to be a witness in this which he turned down.
“I said I can’t be a witness in something as bad as this,” he said.
He said his employer was wrong and the way Doves buried Maxwell’s body was inhumane.
According to his narration, Maxwell was buried in one coffin with Rwizi and their bodies had to be pressed to fit in the coffin before it was sealed with screws for it not to open.
“His coffin was too heavy. Abnormally heavy,” he said.
William said as the horror unfolded Nyasha vanished and was reported to be in South Africa. He was called to come back to Zimbabwe when the scandal was exposed.
He said the morning after Nyasha’s arrival from South Africa the two met in the basement at Doves where Nyasha attempted to hit him with his car.
The employee says he told his bosses and asked for CCTV footage to be played but they refused. Even the security details said they had no password to the CCTV.
Upon noticing that he was not getting any help and that his life was in danger, he then reported the matter to the police.
The man says his statement was supposed to be recorded by the police the following day but this did not happen.
Doves is alleged to have picked the burial error after three days but swept it under the carpet.
The matter only came out early this week, but Doves is denying the allegations.
It is accusing the family lawyer Fungai Chimwamurombe of extortion by demanding US$123 000 plus a top-of-the-range vehicle.
Asked by NewZimbabwe.com for comment Doves public relations manager, said the matter was still being investigated.
He also confirmed that there is a William at Doves, but claimed he could not confirm who exactly he was.