Doves Burial Saga: Whistle-blower Fired
Doves Funeral Services (Doves) has fired its hearse driver, the whistle-blower, Sam Chitsike, on allegations of failing to do due diligence after learning that he had carried an empty coffin for burial to Nyanga.
The burial mix up saga made headlines late last year after the top parlour gave a Nyanga family an empty coffin before burying his body in the same coffin with a beggar.
Chitsike claims his former employer now accuses him of concealing the mix-up. He said in a live recording streamed on social media:
They are blaming me for keeping the secret. They said why didn’t you tell your supervisor immediately after learning what had happened.
Chitsike who was dismissed on December 31 last year said he had told his superior, who is now denying it because it is being treated as an offence and can eventually end in criminal litigation.
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Doves is accused of burying Maxwell Chimwamurombe’s body in the same coffin as a pauper in Harare, after realising its mistake.
It is alleged that this was done to conceal the mix-up, but conscience prompted Chitsike, who had driven the empty coffin to disclose the issue to the family. Chitsike added:
I don’t know what I did wrong. My family is now starving and I’m asking if you can help me to go back to work so that I can look after my family.
I committed no offence and these are allegations which are just being created so that I leave the company.
Chitsike who joined Doves as a security guard 12 years ago said his role was simply to ferry the body to its rural home in Nyanga adding that morticians prepared the body and the coffin.
He also said he never noticed that there was something amiss throughout the process until he was alerted by his colleagues soon after the burial prompting him to approach his superiors who told him to keep it a secret.