Fungisai pleads guilty to negligent driving

HARARE - Gospel musician Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave — accused of causing a road accident that damaged three cars — yesterday pleaded guilty to negligent driving charges.

The Toita Zvedenga hit-maker appeared before Harare magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura charged with contravening section 52(2) of the Road Traffic Act for negligent driving.

In mitigation, Zvakavapano-Mashavave said she realises $500 income every month and is a mother of three minor children.

She also urged the court to consider that she assisted one of the aggrieved parties to recover her spectacles that were damaged in the accident. She also said in mitigation that she helped women in her community.

Her sentence will be read out today.

Zvakavapano-Mashavave is a holder of a valid Zimbabwean driver’s licence class four and five.

Prosecutor Farirai Nyamutowa proved that on July 27 around 1pm, Zvakavapano-Mashavave was driving a Mercedes Benz, occupying the inner lane along Leopold Takawira Road, Avondale, due north.

Zvakavapano-Mashavave was following too close to a Toyota Corolla that was being driven by Kapuranyika Onias.

She failed to keep a proper look out and made an overtaking error, hitting a Toyota Wish that was being driven by Kudakwashe Makwara occupying the outer lane.

At that moment, Zvakavapano-Mashavave lost control of her car, hitting Kapuranyika’s motor vehicle on the rear left side.

Another motorist, Zimbiru Patrick, who was driving a Subaru Forester, subsequently rammed into Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s car.

As a result of the impact, Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s car sustained damages on the left passenger door, rear view mirror, fender, rail, and front bumper.

Makwara sustained physical injuries and his car was damaged on the bumper, headlights, indicator lens, and dislodged the right front wheel while Zimbiri’s car was dented on the left front bumper.

According to the State, Zvakavapano-Mashavave was negligent because she travelled at a speed that was excessive in the circumstances, failed to act reasonably when a collision was imminent and failed to keep a proper look-out.

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