Three ACF mine workers found dead after makeshift boat capsized

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Three mine workers from the African Chrome Fields (ACF) in Kwekwe who went missing after their makeshift boat capsized Thursday were found dead.

It is reported that the trio which was coming from ACF mine in Kwekwe was going to Mhondoro, about 23 kilometres from the mine, attempted to cross a flooded Munyati River and their makeshift boat capsized before they were swept away.

Robert Mapfumo (30), Calisto Ruvazhe (32) and Kenneth Paraffin (33) all of Mhondoro, were reportedly dropped off by the river by a company vehicle.

According to one Ziki who is from Village 14 in the new resettlement area the trio has since been found and buried. Ziki said:

_Vakomana vose vakawanikwa. Vaviri vakawanikwa nezuro 1 akawanikwa nhasi (Saturday) masikati. Anonzi Robert aidaidzwa achinzi Robinho akavigwa nezuro kwacho then vaviri Calisto Ruvazhe, Ken Paraffin vavigwa nhasi. 1 aive mugari wemuVillage 14, vaviri vaigara kuVillage 7 nyangwe mumwe aive mukwasha hake ikoko._

All the three boys have been found. Two of them were found yesterday and the third one was found today (Saturday) afternoon. Robert who was better known as Robinho was buried yesterday while Calisto Ruvazhe and Ken Paraffin were buried today. Only one of the trio lived in Village 14 the other two were from Village 7 although one of them was staying with his in-laws.

A number of people have died since the beginning of the current rain season. Early this week, six people died in Gweru when a vehicle they were travelling in was swept away while crossing a flooded bridge.

Authorities are advising members of the public not to attempt to cross flooded rivers._Pindula