Musician Tererai Mugwadi kills man in accident

HARARE - Urban grooves musician Tererai Mugwadi killed a man and injured several others in an accident, but refused to offer any assistance, a Chitungwiza court heard yesterday.

Mugwadi, 32, was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and culpable homicide shortly after the June 23, accident.

One of the accident victims — Nomatter Mahute — who escaped with multiple injuries, told the Chitungwiza Magistrate’s Courts how he had tried to persuade Mugwadi to assist but was met with hostility.

“After I had assisted my friend who was bleeding profusely and appeared to have sustained a number of head injuries and a dislocated hand, I approached Mugwadi to check if she was okay,” Mahute said.

“I got there and she was seated in her car. I asked her if she could come and assist us. Akangoti siyanai neni kana pane afa ndinobhadhara (She said leave me alone, if anyone has died I will pay).  I was shocked at her reply and walked away to help the others. She just remained in her car until the ambulance came.”

Mahute said the Waenda hitmaker showed no remorse; hence he could not absolve her of any wrongdoing.

In her defence outline, Mugwadi indicated that she swerved from her lane and into the inner lane after her eyes were blinded by the flash lights of an oncoming vehicle. Mahute argued that Mugwadi could have avoided the accident had she slowed down and cast her eyes in the opposite direction rather than encroach into another lane.

Another victim, Lucky Taderera, who appeared in court with his right hand in a plaster and with visible  stitches on his head, narrated how he remembered the accident occurring.

Taderera said the force of the impact caused the truck to go airborne before it tumbled, in the process throwing off five passengers who were at the back.

“I can’t say much but I remember losing consciousness when our car was lifted into the air before it tumbled to the ground,” Taderera said.

“From that stage, I did not remember much as my head was bleeding and I was unconscious only to wake up at Parirenyatwa Hospital.”

It is the State’s case that Mugwadi, on June 23 this year around 8:40pm, was driving a Toyota Rav4 along Seke Road from Harare to Chitungwiza, allegedly under the influence of alcohol when she encroached into the inner lane of the double-laned Harare-Chitungwiza road.

The State alleges that Mugwadi failed to control her vehicle before encroaching onto the inner lane where she ploughed into a car that was going in the same direction, tossing it into the air.

One of the five passengers at the back, Marvelous Seremani, died on the spot.

The matter was remanded to September 8, for continuation of trial which will recommence with the last State witness Lameck Chiyeka taking to the stand.

Comments (2)

Heartless, she should face the consequences. Too smart for nothing, chibhadhara hupenyu tione.

Jim Jones - 6 September 2017

After 3 annual recent trips to the motherland, I have experienced some of the driving habits and tendencies on Zimbabwean roads that are not only dangerous but are becoming endemic. If the editor would permit people to discuss this in greater detail and hopefully educate others on how accidents occur. The report mentions a driver blinded by full beam headlights and that is now common practice on our roads at night time. Drivers do not dip their headlights. Instead, there is a frequent habit of signalling with their right indicator, perhaps to distinguish the extent of their car so the blinded driver uses that as a reference point to avoid collision. I find t both stupid and absurd, not withstanding the point that it is not in the highway code to indicate you are turning when you are not, especially on the motorway. There is a need to re-educate drivers and punish those who are errant. This is not a joke anymore, with the state of or roads, I fond myself constantly steering to the left to avoid collision and running over potholes that are at the edges of the roads, making it difficult to control the vehicle at motorway speeds. Are people so desensitised to each other in Zimbabwe? Inhamo here inotitadzisa kufunga vamwe vedu? Iyezvino someone is dead, people are in mourning all over habits we copy without querying the consequences.

Kwidz - 6 September 2017

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