Tears gushed down uncontrollably from parents, brothers and sisters of the deceased, accompanied by six coffins rolling down slowly at Glen Forest Cemetery yesterday, when six TynwaId school children who perished in a bus accident on their way to a trip in Nyanga were laid to rest.
As the coffins continuously rolled down, a sombre atmosphere enveloped the cemetery, with bereaved families laying wreaths on the deceased graves.
The six were buried side by side, with Tynwald High students all over the graveyard to pay their last respects to their departed friends.
Addressing the media after the burial, Tynward Headmaster Kennias Matimba took blame to himself for the road accident.
” What I can say now is that our learners shall get clinical and psychological counseling, because we know they have been devastated.
“For those blaming my staff members, I am appealing to you to excuse them and blame me, since I am their commander.
“They work under instruction, so put all the blame on me,” he said.
The six pupils who perished include Anita Manyuka, 16, who was a Form 3 student and a basketball player, while Beyonce Guyo, 15, was also in Form 3 and played volleyball.
Anesuishe Hove, 14, was in Form 2 and played football, and Kimberly Mutusva, 15, was a Form 3 hockey player.
Another victim, Destiny Dziva, 14, was in Form 2 and played hockey, while Craig Madanhire was in Form 2 and played basketball.
Meanwhile, the funeral was attended by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Thumisang Thabela, Harare Metropolitan Provincial Coordinator, Mr. Tafadzwa Muguti and socialite Madam Boss.
From the six pupils buried yesterday, five died on the spot, while one died upon admission to the hospital.