A Chipinge-based schoolteacher is suing Chibuwe High School, along with its bus driver and the Rural District Council, for $90 000 and R110 000 — being medical and living expenses he has incurred as a result of a road accident which caused him serious injuries while travelling in the school bus.
Report by Obey Manayiti
Chipinge Rural District Council is sued in its capacity as the responsible authority of the school.
The matter is before the High Court.
According to summons seen by NewsDay served to the defendants on November 1, Khozanayi Mtetwa (41) is claiming the school is responsible for injuries he sustained following negligent driving by the school driver, Watson Mtetwa.
The accident occurred on May 2010.
Mtetwa, whose claim is being backed by the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, is claiming the money as damages for the pain and suffering he is going through, loss of income, medical expenses as well as travelling expenses to South Africa where he is receiving treatment.
“He sought medical treatment in South Africa, as a result of which he incurred R50 000 in medical bills. He had to undergo a surgical process called internal fixation whereupon he had a plate inserted in his right arm to rehabilitate it,” reads the summons.
The driver was convicted at Chipinge Magistrates’ Court for negligent driving.
It was established that he was reckless by not keeping a proper look-out, did not keep the vehicle under proper control and did not act reasonably to avoid an accident when it seemed imminent.
It was also established that he drove at an excessive speed and tried to overtake in front of an oncoming vehicle. As a result, the school bus was involved in an accident injuring several passengers, most of whom were teachers.
Mtetwa is represented by Passmore Nyakureba of Maanda Maunga&Associates.