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Chivero accused have case to answer

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Harare provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday ruled that the four men accused of causing the death of 11 children at Lake Chivero on Christmas Day last year have a case to answer.

The quartet, comprising of the owner of the boat, Latif Ameer (53), his relatives Fadil Ramon (27), Joseph Abrahams (37) and the boat driver, Enock Yolani Zulu (36), had applied for discharge at the close of the State case last month.

Ameer and Ramon are represented by Hamios Mukonoweshuro and Abrahams is represented by Jacob Ali Jogee, while Zulu is unrepresented.

In his ruling, Mahwe said the evidence presented by the State showed that Ameer allowed an unlicensed Zulu to drive the boat on the fateful day and must explain his actions. Mahwe said according to evidence led, Zulu was not licensed, but committed himself to drive an overloaded boat with passengers without life jackets and the court needed an explanation for his actions.

The court said there was evidence that Abrahams collected money from the children and loaded 21 passengers instead of seven.

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