3 unlicensed kombi drivers jailed

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Three commuter omnibus drivers were last week slapped with nine-month prison terms for driving without valid licences.

The trio, Emmanuel Bukuta (20), Priviledge Ncube (20) and Shepherd Sibanda (23), were convicted on their own plea of guilt to driving without valid driver’s licences when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Lindiwe Mbizwo last Friday.

Three months of their sentences were conditionally suspended for five years.

Another commuter omnibus driver, Makhosini Sibanda, also pleaded guilty, but said his licence was being held by police at the Drill Hall Police Station in the city. He was remanded to Wednesday to ascertain the authenticity of his claims before sentence.

Prosecutor Tony Kamudyariwa told the court on September 20, traffic police launched a blitz on commuter drivers operating illegally and netted four drivers whom they found driving without valid licences.

They were all arrested in the city centre and had their vehicles impounded to expedite investigations.