The six victims of the GMB Lions Den explosion that occurred on the 28th of last month have finally been buried.

The  burial of the explosion victims was delayed due to DNA tests that had to be conducted first as their bodies were badly charred and were thus beyond recognition.

Earlier attempts to release the bodies of 5 of the victims were reversed after a mix up of corpses was reported, prompting the DNA tests which were conducted in Bulawayo.

The burial came exactly 16 days after the disaster, which left three other people injured and infrastructure worth millions of dollars damaged.

The Murereka community in Lions Den put aside differences and other business to pay their last respect to the six whose bodies were carried in six different hearses which were part of the funeral cortege to the cemetery, about 2km from the township.

The atmosphere was quite sombre, while a few celebrated the lives of their departed loved ones by imitating the lifestyles they lived before God decided it was time up.

The six who were buried side by side are Blessing Majasi, Josephine Moyo, Craig Nyasoro, Foster Mpambwa, Peter Marewa and Collen Gutse.

Some family representatives of the workplace accident victims accepted the mishap as part of destiny for which mankind has no power to quell. 

Senator Prisca Mupfumira called on the Grain Marketing Board to holistically maintain and refurbish its grain storage infrastructure some of which was built more than 4 to 5 decades ago.

She also called on the parastatal to look into the issue of compensation for the benefit of the deceased workers’ families.

Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and the ruling party’s provincial chairman for Mashonaland West bemoaned the spate of fatal disasters experienced in the province within a period of two weeks between last month and early September.

GMB top management was part of the thousands of people who thronged Murereka township and the cemetery to bid farewell to the six victims of the explosion.