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Watch: Tanker turned hearse in unique send off for darling departed trucker

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Arthur Chikasha has passed away at the age of 45. You may not know him personally, but it is evident that Mr Chikasha was a darling to friends and family.

Sadly, when it’s time, it’s time it does not matter how much a man is loved, and so he passed away on September 18 in a fatal crash.

Liquid Cargo Africa had to say goodbye to a hard-working employee and love-filled Harare trucker in a unique way.

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Arthur was taken to his final resting place, his coffin strapped on top of the tanker that he would have delivered on the day he passed on.

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Arthur Chikasha died after a speeding Ford Ranger rammed into his car on Friday 18 September 2020. Pic supplied

Aurthur’s death

On Friday 18 September 2020 around 07h00 a speeding Ford Ranger rammed into Chikasha’s car at a traffic light along Seke road. He was in the company of his wife and two kids, who were supposed to drop him off at work and continue their errands. Sadly, Chikasha died on the spot and his family sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital.

The Ford Ranger is suspected to have been chasing after criminals who skipped a red traffic light, upon trying the same, the driver hit Chikasha’s car killing him on the spot.

The petrol tanker hearse

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To honour Chikasha, his workmates and management used a petrol tanker as a hearse to haul his coffin to his final resting place. Pic Supplied

On the tragic day, Chikasha was supposed to make a 20 000 litre delivery at Devuli Ranch near Save River. Therefore colleagues at Liquid Cargo Africa and the management saw it befitting that his truck, together with the loaded fuel be the one to carry him to his resting place so that he goes with the satisfaction of having completed the task he was rushing to complete when tragedy struck.

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They strapped his coffin onto the tanker and used it to convey his body to the local cemetery in Domboshava, just outside Harare.

His wife, still in pain from injuries sustained in the accident, was present at her husband’s funeral which was held on Sunday.

Mr Danmore Mambondiyani the Director and Founder of Liquid Cargo Africa, was a heartbroken man having lost one of his pioneer truck drivers.

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Bowing head in respect, Danmore Mambondiyani, Liquid Cargo Africa Director, was a heartbroken to lose one of his pioneer drivers. Pic Supplied

Mr Chikasha contributed a great deal to the growth of Liquid Cargo Africa as he was an experienced driver in the Fuel Transportation and Logistics industry prior to his employment at Liquid Cargo Africa. He went beyond his roles as a driver to identify unused fuel station sites and brokering lease/sale agreements between the property owners and Liquid Cargo Africa.

He was more than an employee, rather a father, a friend and partner who worked enthusiastically to grow the vision of Liquid Cargo Africa to become the largest player in Zimbabwe’s Fuel and Transportation Industry. We will forever remember him in the history of Liquid Cargo. His death left a gap in the company that will be difficult to fill.

– Danmore Mambondiyani

The 28-year-old Mambondiyani went on to pledge help to the deceased’s family promising to pay to the family his salary and benefits for the coming year. REST IN POWER TRUCKER

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