Police have released the names of the 13 people who died in an accident at the Mugodhi Apostolic church headquarters in Wedza yesterday (Monday).

Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said all the victims have been identified although two are yet to have their next of kin advised.

The victims have been identified as Paul Mupombwa (50), Tabeth Mupombwa (75), Edina Chinoda (70), Elite Shambamuto (5), Egenia Mutema (80),  Sekai Chikukwa (70), Elisha Mabaira (45), Josephine Kwaramba (60), Mufaro Makuwe (7), Alliet Majokota (60) all of Buhera Manicaland under Chief Nyashanu and Patricia Garwe of Mukamba village Wedza.

Those whose next of kin are yet to be advised are two males aged 23 and 29 whose addresses are not yet known.

As the people try to come to terms with the tragedy, calls have been made to ensure safety measures are put in place during the church’s annual gatherings as the place has become a black spot.

Mr Joshua Mapako, a church member said in the short term, there is need for the church to enlist the services of the police to help control traffic during annual gatherings while in the long term measure would be for the church to relocate to a bigger place. 

Of the 11 injured, two have been transferred to Harare hospital while the other nine are still admitted at Mount St Mary’s hospital in Wedza.