By A Correspondent- The Emmerson Mnangagwa government has said that it wants to exhume bodies of 157 Zimbabwean Cyclone Idai victims who were buried in Mozambique in 2019, while ignoring the plight of thousands who survived the natural disaster.
The Mnangagwa administration said DNA tests will be undertaken to positively identify the exhumed bodies with known graves in Mozambique.
Mnangagwa’s ally, who is the Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo, announced this development to the state media.
“As you may be aware, the immediate impact of Cyclone Idai was the loss of 347 lives with 344 people still missing who are now deemed dead.
“The names of the 203 of the 344 missing people are now known from information provided by villagers where they lived. Modalities by Government pathologists to exhume and repatriate bodies of the 157 who were buried in Mozambique remains a priority,” he said.