Court orders Chombo to pay for impounded car

A RUSAPE motorist has been granted about $5 000 compensation for damages caused to his vehicle after it was impounded at a police roadblock and got involved in an accident while being driven to the police station.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Simba Chikaka had claimed $6 960, as compensation in a lawsuit, where he cited Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo, Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and Constable Titus Matava, who impounded and damaged the car along Rusape-Nyazura Road on November 1, 2015.

Rusape magistrate, Shingi Mutiro trimmed down Chikaka’s claims to $4 960 and ordered the respondents to pay the damages.

“Judgment entered for the plaintiff in the sum of $4 960 being of the cost of the motor vehicle in question, namely a Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, against the defendants jointly and severally the one paying other to be absorbed,” the ruling read.

In his founding affidavit, Chikaka said he was driving his newly-imported vehicle, when he was stopped at a roadblock along Rusape-Nyazura Road on November 1, 2015.

He said Matava then demanded a $20 spot fine for failing to display temporary vehicle registration plates.

When Chikaka said he did not have the cash on him, Matava ordered him to move to the passenger seat, as the police officer got behind the wheel heading to the police station.

Along the way, Matava got involved in an accident and the vehicle was extensively damaged, while Chikaka sustained head, neck and hip injuries.

7 Responses to Court orders Chombo to pay for impounded car

  1. the Onlooker January 11, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    by the way has Chombo paid the money to matanda, if not when is he going to jail as sentenced. continually charging him when he never pays and nothing happens is a waste of time. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN ZIMBABWE.

  2. lily January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    mupie mari yake

  3. gunguwo January 11, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Was it lawful for the police officer to drive a person’s car, while he was fit to drive? Who was arrested here, the car of the driver? I think it’s the car that failed to meet the officer’s expectations and not the driver. Hence, the officer of law should have instructed the driver to take his car to the police station. If owner was drunk or something rendering him unable to drive, then it could have been a different case. Chombo and his hounds must pay. Officer vaingoda kunzwawo ex-Jap “nyowani”.

    • therambo January 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

      But these hyenas always tell us that police do not impound vehicles.

  4. Zimbo January 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    ChiKAKA, is exactly what these people are…

  5. mupetabere January 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    ndokuti Zimbabwe zvese hapana chinotevedzwa

  6. Dobbs January 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Surely how can you waste person’s time simply because he does not have sport fine, or bribe. Do you expect foreign direct investments if we have this system. Rhodesia better mhani.

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