The father of the Harare Girls High pupil who was killed by a kombi says he does not hold a grudge against the driver.

Jocelyn Gomba’s father spoke as she was laid to rest yesterday at Granville Cemetery in Harare.Mr Gomba, said he was saddened by the loss of his daughter.“It is a great loss to the family as Jocelyn was the first born and we were looking forward to seeing her excel in life because she was a bright pupil.

She was so determined to achieve everything that she was doing,” he said.“The other thing that I would like to say is that our family does not hold a grudge against the driver, but hope that he has learnt his lesson from that incident. We are all humans and we make mistakes. Its unfortunate that we have lost a life.”Jocelyn’s mother Mrs Evelyn Gomba said her daughter had already started studying and planning for her future.Jocelyn-Gomba

“I had high hopes on my daughter because she was hard working. Last term, she was the best pupil at her school. Jocelyn wanted to be a neuro surgeon and had already started making her own notes doing online studying simultaneously with her school work. Nothing can ever replace her,” she saidSpeaking at the burial, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Sylvia Utete Masango said the loss was not confined to the Gomba family, but to the whole country.

“All I can say to the family and ministry is we have lost. From what I have been told by her father, Jocelyn’s ambition was not going to benefit her family, but the whole country and that has been cut short. She was a really focused young girl.”

Dr Utete Masango said the ministry would engage police and Harare City Council to ensure all the kombis are removed from undesignated areas.