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Zimbabwe: Govt Mourns Vic Falls Tourist

Government yesterday sent condolences to the Dikinya family after Mr Roy George Tinashe Dikinya slipped and fell into Victoria Falls gorge on New Year’s Day.

In a statement, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu yesterday said the death of Mr Dikinya, who was aged 40, was tragic and regrettable.

“On behalf of my ministry and Government at large, I wish to extend sincere condolences to the Dikinya family following the tragic incident which saw Mr Roy George Tinashe Dikinya slip and fall into the Victoria Falls gorge,” reads part of the statement.

“This is a rare, tragic and unfortunate incident to be witnessed at the mighty Victoria Falls over the years. All necessary precautions will be taken to guard against recurrence of such an unfortunate incident.

“Indeed, the Victoria Falls, like other tourist resorts should be a place for relaxation and merrymaking. This isolated incident is therefore, sincerely regretted.”

Minister Ndlovu said efforts to retrieve Mr Dikinya’s body were underway and appealed to companies with suitable equipment to assist.

“I want to acknowledge the efforts by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Zimparks assisted by other private sector players in Victoria Falls to try to retrieve the remains of the deceased. However, the precarious location of the remains have hampered progress,” said Minister Ndlovu.

“Based on the current efforts, we believe we should be able to get the relevant equipment, of which based on expert assessment, we believe only one mine has such in Matebeleland South, on site. I appeal to any other company which may have suitable equipment to come forward and assist.”

Minister Ndlovu said Government was determined to see a decent closure to the incident.