Kagande (48), his 42-year-old wife Cindy, and their children Jade (16) and Isiah (13) died as a result of burns and fumes caused by a gas heater they were using early Thursday morning.
Prior to moving to South Africa, the late sportsman coached rugby and basketball at St Georges and St Johns Colleges.
Gary Kagande, the family's representative, indicated that the family was devastated by his brother's and family's tragic deaths.
He also used the opportunity to refute claims that South African authorities were looking into a possible multiple murder case.
“As much as we as a family are in shock and wish to grieve peacefully for our dearly lost brother and his family. We would like to deny rumours that police were investigating murder cases with the contempt they deserve,” he said.
Gary, the former Zimbabwe Sables rugby player, stated that the children were sleeping in the lounge with the heater on while their parents were in their bedroom.
“According to reports, the blanket they were wearing caught fire and melted the gas pipe from the heater, resulting in the explosion,” Gary explained.
Terry and Cindy were both killed by toxic chemicals and smoke inhalation before they could save their children or themselves. We anticipate delivering a comprehensive report to Cindy's sister, who is representing us all in Bloemfontein, tomorrow,” he said.
“Terry was a gentle colossus. He was passionate about all sports, but basketball and rugby were his favorites. At St George's and St John's Colleges, he coached both disciplines.”
Additionally, he regarded Cindy as a compassionate and loving mother to her children and a hospitable sister-in-law to the entire Kagande family.
Garry expressed the family's appreciation to all those in Zimbabwe and South Africa assisting with funeral arrangements.
Terrence was the son of Herbert Kagande, a former parish pastor at the New Apostolic Church in Hatfield, and Jane Kagande, a resident of Bloemfontein, South Africa.
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