A Mutare man has spoken of his tragic loss after his wife and two children were killed in the Rusape horror crash.

Joseph Bhunu Toringepi lost his wife, Anna Kambarami (26) and his only two children, Shalom (4) and Shamma (seven months).

“Barely two hours I had hugged and told them I loved them. I wished them a safe journey and told them I was going to miss them,” he told The Manica Post.

“When the news of the accident began circulating on social media, I tried, but could not get hold of her. My heart sank. My in-laws rushed to Rusape General Hospital hoping to see them among survivors, but they were not there. They then rushed to the scene, and after almost an hour of searching, stumbled on their dead bodies,” he said.

Mr Bhunu received the devastating news the following morning. “I broke down,” he said, adding “they were my life. She was my pillar of strength and I relied on her for almost everything; we were building our family up together,” he said.

“It was like a sharp object piercing through my heart. I could not believe and digest it. It is unbelievable that I will never hug my kids or kiss my wife again. We were a happy family and suddenly I do not have anyone left,” he said before breaking down.

Anna, who was a second-year construction economics and quantity surveying student at Harare Poly, suffered from multiple injuries including two broken femurs, ribs and a ruptured spleen.

The three were buried in Toringepi Village, Buhera, last Saturday.