Mr Brighton Dama Zanthe, 34, is rumored to have risen from the dead while his relatives and closest friends were inspecting his body which had already been placed in a coffin.
The incident which is now the top issue to discuss in the Gweru community occurred last week at Mr Zanthe’s house in Mkoba Village 14, Herald reports.
“This shocked me. I was the first to notice Mr Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. At first I could not believe my eyes but later realised that there was indeed some movements on the body as other mourners retreated in disbelief,” said one of the witnesses and Mr Zanthe’s employer, Mr Lot Gaka.
Mr Gaka who runs a bus company revealed to reporters that the mourners had already processed burial papers and had booked to leave the body with a city funeral parlour when the ‘dead’ has risen.
“Mr Zanthe had been on sick leave for sometime and everyone at work was aware that he was critical. We would visit him at his home in Mkoba 14. I was not surprised when I received a call from Mr Zanthe’s wife on Monday night last week saying that her husband had died,” said Mr Gaka.
He went on, adding that the company (Gettingson Bus Company) later went on to get quotations from local funeral parlours.
“I visited two local funeral parlours for quotations before I drove to Mr Zanthe’s house in Mkoba Village 14 so that we could take the body to the mortuary,” said Mr Gaka.
He added that when he arrived at Mr Zanthe’s home at the time the funeral was scheduled, he found a huge crowd of mourners gathered at the house.
“Mr Zanthe’s body had already been put in a coffin and people were preparing to conduct a body viewing procession so that his body could be taken to a mortuary. It was during the body viewing procession that Mr Zanthe ‘resurrected’,” said Mr Gaka.
When Mr Zanthe have risen from the dead, mourners then scurried for cover as they could not believe what was happening.
“Mr Gaka later removed some blankets from Mr Zanthe’s body after we noticed some movements and this was when we all realised that there was still life. We then called an ambulance which came within seven minutes.”
“It’s really a miracle and most people are still in disbelief. Even officials from Nyaradzo Funeral Services who made some follow-up could not believe our story,” said a witness only identified as Danny.
The man later told reporters that he didn’t remember how he “died” nor how he was “resurrected,” as his memory only returned when he woke up in a hospital in Gweru 140 miles southwest of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
“Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel OK now.”