Daily News staffer injured in police-minibus chase

HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) graphic designer Lynn Mbofana was yesterday injured when she was hit by a kombi (minibus) whose driver was fleeing from baton-wielding police officers.

The accident happened at the Cobacabana rank between Jason Moyo Avenue and Chinhoyi Street in Harare yesterday morning.

ANZ publishes the Daily News and the Daily News on Sunday.

Mbofana, who was coming from her Glen Norah home, was taken to hospital for treatment where she was still detained and being examined at the time of going to print.  

ANZ sales and marketing general manager  Pilate Machadu said the kombi driver did not stop after hitting her but instead sped from the accident scene, with police in hot pursuit. 

Clashes between kombi drivers and the police in Harare’s Central Business District have become commonplace.

Just last week, a three-year-old boy was killed after a minibus that was picking up commuters at an undesignated point ran him over while the driver fled from the police.

A Harare magistrate yesterday denied bail to the minibus driver whose vehicle allegedly ran-over the three-year-old child.

State prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri opposed bail on the basis that accused person was negligent and reckless leading to the toddler’s death.

Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe remanded Lloyd Kusotera in custody to May 8 saying he was a flight risk considering that he is facing a custodial sentence.

Chikwekwe said Kusotera endangered the lives of pedestrians by driving without medical endorsement and there was overwhelming evidence that could induce him to abscond.

Kusotera is facing charges of culpable homicide and contravening Road Traffic Regulations Statutory Instrument of 2006 which prohibits driving with no medical endorsement.

Kusotera was picking up passengers at an undesignated point when he spotted two traffic police charging towards him and in an effort to evade the officers, he drove against a one way lane and hit Nail Tanatswa Mutyora who was crossing Chinhoyi Street who sustained serious injuries.

He passed away upon admission at Avenues Clinic.

Comments (3)

"Kusotera was picking up passengers at an undesignated point when he spotted two traffic police charging towards him"I hope Charity Charamba understand what is meant at charging at him means so that whilst the Kombi driver was wrong but the behaviour of her police force these days is murderous.

Maita Manyuka - 30 April 2014

Get well soon and our thoughts and prayers are with the parents of the 3 yr old

art - 30 April 2014

He was picking passengers from an undesignated area which alone constitutes a serious offence. If left to go on, we shall condemn the police as having deviated from their core business of enforcing the law. Its very sad that little Niel paid the ultimate price for the jungle law that has characterised the Zim society and for this law breakers like Kusotera and their employers should face the music. A lengthy sentence should be imposed on this culprit so it acts as a deterrent to other would be offenders. How can one justify running away after crushing an innocent pedestrian for a dollar?

top heavy - 30 April 2014

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