MASVINGO - Tendai Pedzisi Madungwe (31), a nurse at Masvingo General Hospital is among the 43 people killed in the Lion King Bus horror crash that happened near Nyamakate in Hurungwe on Wednesday night last week.
Tendai who had a flourishing cross border business and was well known in Masvingo died after she broke her neck.
Her husband Isaac Madungwe, a pharmacist in the same city had to wait for six agonising hours to know the fate of his wife.
At 9am on Thursday, one of his wife's customers walked into the pharmacy and told him that he (the customer) had phoned Tendai to enquire about some orders and the phone was answered by someone who told him that the bus in which she was a passenger had been involved in an accident.
"Although news of the bus disaster started filtering through social media early in the morning I had not heard about it until this man broke the news to me. He told me that the person who answered the phone advised him to contact Chinhoyi General Hospital for information.
"I called Chinhoyi and I was told to call back at 12pm as the Hospital was just starting to receive the injured and getting them into wards. I waited for threee hours before l called again and that is when l was told that my wife was not among the admitted. I was referred to Karoi where patients with less serious injuries were admitted but the Sister-In-Charge there once again told me that my wife had not been admitted into hospital. It started to dawn on me that the worst had happened.
"We then contacted my wife's niece Dorcas Mahari who is a trainee nurse at Chinhoyi and then asked her to assist with the search. We gave her the description of the clothes that Tendai was wearing and at 3pm, she send the picture of the deceased who presumably was already in the mortuary," said Madungwe.
On the fateful day Madungwe drove his wife to Croco Motors Bus terminus in Masvingo where she boarded a bus to Harare on her regular trips to Zambia and he called her at 8pm to which she confirmed that she had found a place in Lion King for her journey to Lusaka.
"I drove her from home after lunch hour on Wednesday and left her at Croco Motors.That is the last time I saw her alive," said a distraught Madungwe.
Tendai leaves behind a child who is two years old, a set of twins who are in pre-school and two other children who are in grade 4 and 6 respectively.
Her father Irvine Pedzisi said that he is deeply saddened by the loss of her beloved daughter.
Madungwe was buried at the Lawn Cemetery in Masvingo last Sunday.
Tendai started her cross-border business at the tender age of 19 and she had at the time of her death developed the business so much that she was a big supplier of goods from Zambia to many entities in Masvingo. She also supplied a lot of goods to student nurses at Masvingo General Hospital.
She together with her husband managed to build a house in Victoria Ranch. In Masvingo she would park her car in the CBD and sell goods from it whenever she was not on duty.
She was determined to turn her life and that of her family around by buying and selling various selling products.
"We are deeply pained by the passing on of Tendai who proved to be not only a wife, a mother and a nurse but also an entrepreneur and a people's person. She knew how to connect with so many people from different walks of life.news