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A 21-YEAR OLD male recruit prison officer was Thursday crushed to death by a train in Ntabazinduna in a suspected suicide after dismissal from the service for alleged misconduct.

Relatives suspected Pride Mandava from Harare threw himself in front of a moving train out of frustration after being sacked.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) spokesperson for Matabeleland region, Senior Prison Officer Bothwell Bosha confirmed that Mandava and his friend Tatenda Mahati were dismissed from the service for misconduct on Wednesday.

The duo allegedly stole a colleague’s ATM cards and withdrew $600 from their bank accounts recently.

“After their dismissal they were given transport from Natabazinduna to Bulawayo so that they could go to their respective homes. Mandava was supposed to go to Harare while his friend was headed to Mutare,” said Bosha without elaborating.

It is believed Mandava was crushed by the train in the early hours of Thursday.

Mandava’s aunt who had come to identify his body broke down at the scene of accident as she stared at her nephew’s lifeless body with its head crushed on the railway tracks.

Villagers who spotted the body and reported the matter to the police had removed Mandava’s trousers and used them to cover his head.

The aunt, who declined to be named as she is a serving ZPCS officer, said Mandava and his friend came to her house on Wednesday evening and told her that they had been fired.

“He came to my house yesterday at about 7PM and told me that they had been dismissed. He left my house as someone accompanying his friend whom they had been expelled together but never came back,” she said.

“I never thought that it would lead to this. We had spoken about his hearing and I told him that being expelled would not mean the end of the road.”

At the scene of accident was an empty bottle of Hunters Dry, Two Keys whiskey bottle and dagga.

An investigating police officer attended the scene while the National Railways of Zimbabwe spokesperson Fanuel Masikati said he was yet to receive the report.

Source : New Zimbabwe