A 42-YEAR-OLD Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officer has appeared in court on allegations of negligent driving, following a road accident which resulted in the death of two of his superiors at Boterekwa in Shurugwi.
BY Stephen Chadenga
Mashonganyika Mashonganyika, who was driving the prison vehicle when the accident occurred appeared before Gweru magistrate, Shotgame Musaiona facing charges of culpable homicide.
The accident, which occurred in the mining town in September last year, claimed the lives of ZPCS officer-in-charge for Mutimurefu Prison in Masvingo, Superintendent Hapson Sithole and senior prison officer, Kuzonyei Munyaradzi.
Sithole and Munyaradzi were on their way to Ntabazinduna for a funeral parade of the late Retired Deputy Commissioner-General Rhodes Moyo.
The trial continues today.
The State alleges that Mashonganyika “failed to keep a proper lookout under the circumstances, stop or act reasonably when the accident or collision seemed imminent and that he was travelling at an excessive speed in the circumstances”.
The court heard that on September 10, 2016 at around 7am, the accused was driving a Mazda BT-50 along Zvishavane-Gweru Road with nine passengers on board.
“As a result of the accident, three passengers were injured namely Cleopas Mhlanga, Mandimutsira MB and Chirambadare Duvai while two died on the spot namely Happison Sithole and Kuzonyei Munyaradzi,” the court heard.
Two postmortem reports and three medical reports were produced in court as exhibits.