A group of drunken men reportedly blocked a Church Pastor from conducting a funeral service during the burial of their colleague, claiming it was against their practice as drunkards.
Photo from the burial scene
A mild drama was recorded at Luveve Cemetery in Bulawayo area of Zimbabwe on Saturday last week when some drunken touts blocked a pastor from a local church from conducting a service during the burial of their colleague, claiming it was against their practice as “drunkards.”
According to a report by B-Metro, the drunken touts created a midday episode that lasted for about 20 minutes when they insist that Pastor Ngwenya should not preach, and wanted to bid farewell to the late William Luphahla by drinking beer and smoking dagga (weed) at the grave site.
It was gathered although spirited efforts to get a comment from the Luphahla family were fruitless, a witness who described the incident as “devastating” said mourners were left amazed when the touts took the coffin from the hearse and lowered it into the grave.
They had beer loaded in one of the kombis (taxis) playing loud music.
The touts’ awkward behaviour drew condemnation but the family and other mourners watched helplessly as the touts lowered the coffin into the grave chanting “Asifuni Bumbulu”.
They shouted obscenities with reckless abandon saying there was no need for a church service to be conducted for their colleague since he was a drunkard and did not belong to any church.
“Mourners were left shocked after visibly drunken touts stopped a pastor from conducting the church service. They wanted to bid him farewell by drinking beer and smoking dagga.
“They were shouting on top of their voices saying William was a drunkard who had told them that when he died no church service should be conducted at his funeral or burial as he did not subscribe to any Christian doctrines.
“While shouting and singing they took the coffin and lowered it into the grave and quickly buried it with soil,” said a witness who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.
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