Kombi driver in court for killing cop

HARARE - A kombi driver accused of deliberately hitting and killing a police officer in a desperate bid to evade a road block was dragged to court yesterday.

Gift Musona, 23, and his conductor Tinashe Kachidza, 19, were jointly charged for murder.

Harare magistrate, Vongai Guuriro, advised the pair to apply for bail at the High Court because they were facing a third schedule offence.

Prosecutor, Audrey Chogumaira, alleged that at around 6am on August 18, this year, the now deceased Joshua Hwara was manning a police road block along Robert Mugabe Road in Harare.

He was in the company of constables identified as Gundhla and Gwaze.

The officers were stopping vehicles coming from the city centre and conducting inspections.

The court heard that Musona was driving a white Mazda Bongo from the city headed towards Epworth.

It was alleged that as Musona approached the road block, he connived with Kachidza and agreed to avoid the police by diverting into Mclleny Avenue.

Hwara allegedly rushed to Mclleny Avenue and flagged Musona’s motor vehicle to stop.

However, Musona did not slow down and exercise caution but allegedly accelerated towards Hwara before he overran him and drove off.

The court heard that in a bid to cover up the offence, Musona and Kachidza then went to surrender the vehicle to its owner immediately after the accident.

The owner (unidentified) noticed a dent on the front part of the vehicle but the two failed to proffer a satisfactory answer.

Hwara was rushed to Parirenyatwa Hospital and where he died on admission.

A post mortem confirmed that Hwara had died because of exsanguination and raptured bladder conditions consistent with road accidents.

On September 6, police details were tipped of the duo’s whereabouts and arrested them before recovering the car.

The car still had a dent at the front sustained during the accident.

Comments (1)

The system has let this officer, country and his family down. These incidents are on the rise, and the powers that be can't even help either. We need proffessional officers who can use initiative, judgement and sound decisions to act in any manner that is appropriate and safe to both himself and others. Life has just been lost which i think through training it can be avoided. Traffic offence is too petty worse still one that has not been identified maybe fire fight with armed robbers. Our country is just bad if life is so worthiless.

X-MAN IV - 9 September 2016

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