Negligent driver jailed: licence revoked

A CHITUNGWIZA driver has been slapped with a six-month jail term and had his licence cancelled for negligent driving after he caused an accident which resulted in the amputation of a passenger’s arm.

BY SOFIA MAPURANGA

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Peter Nyamitambo (23) was found guilty of driving an un-roadworthy vehicle, which resulted in one Tichaona Chifamba losing his arm.

According to the State‘s particulars of negligence, Nyamitambo was found guilty of overtaking on the wrong side of the road, driving at an excessive speed in the circumstances and failing to control his vehicle.

Nyamitambo was initially sentenced to a nine-month prison term by Chitungwiza magistrate Rekina Dzikiti, but three months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

Circumstances leading to Nyamitambo’s arrest were that on January 29 this year, he was driving a Leyland Truck behind a Toyota Hilux commuter omnibus along Chaminuka Road in St Mary’s, Chitungwiza.

Upon approaching a speed hump close to Total Service Station, the court heard, Nyamitambo overtook from the left side and in the process side-swiped the commuter omnibus, injuring Chifamba, whose left hand was suspended through the window.

Chifamba’s hand was later amputated at Chitungwiza Central Hospital.
Tatenda Mukatera prosecuted.

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5 Comments

  1. and the truck owner is not even scared to look for another driver for the same unroadworthy vehicle.l feel the owner should also be charged.

    1. Presumably said truck has now been made roadworthy? Yeah, much as it is the responsibily of the driver to make sure his/her vehicle is roadworthy at any given time while on public roads,should it be a company vehicle,that company should also be persued for allowing unroadworthy vehicles to be used by their employees.

  2. 6 Months is a joke. We need penalties which are deterrent enough not six months.

  3. Biggie Chitoro

    Driving an unroadworthy vehicle was not the cause of this accident. It was just bad driving. Something that he probably did all the time. Even in a brand new vehicle he probably would have done the same thing with the same result. I hope they send him to Chawagona Hapana

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