A SURVIVOR of the famous Mutoko bus disaster, Tasiyana Maguma has died.
BY Jairos Saunyama
Maguma died in his sleep in Chiroodza village, Mutoko, at the age of 57 with his relatives suspecting that he succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident that claimed 27 lives in January 2015 at Gejo RaRuby Farm.
After the accident, Maguma spend close to four months admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
His brother, Stanford, yesterday confirmed his death and said he was complaining of chest pains.
“Tasiyana died on Thursday morning. He was complaining of chest pains. As a family, we are saddened by his death. It is traumatic just to wake up and realise that your beloved is dead. His body is currently at Mutoko Hospital mortuary and he will be buried tomorrow (today) in Nyawasha village (Mutoko),” he said.
Mutoko East legislator Ricky Mawere said his death is painful, given how he survived the accident.
“His death is like losing a miracle baby because when he was in hospital, no one knew he would make it. He experienced pain which was persistent, but soldiered on. I pay tribute to his relatives who gave him maximum support during the time of illness,” Mawere said.
On the fateful day, popularly known as Bloody Sunday (the accident occurred on a Sunday), a Mutoko East-bound Zupco bus sideswiped with a Pioneer bus heading the opposite direction, resulting in 25 people dying on the spot while several others were injured.
Most casualties were from the Zupco bus that had 58 passengers on board and its driver later died upon admission at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
The Zupco bus was heading to Chisambiro in Mutoko.
During an interview last year, Maguma chronicled how he survived the accident and admitted that he was still traumatised by the incident.