2 more touts in court over Roadport murder

HARARE - Two more commuter omnibus touts accused for causing the death of a man at Roadport Bus Terminus while jostling for passengers appeared in court yesterday.

Police have since launched a manhunt for the rest of the team who disappeared from the scene after realising that the now-deceased Mathias Gore had died.

Ngonidzashe Ndlovu, 26, and Nyaradzo Nzombe, 29, employed at Smart Bus Company, appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande charged with murder.

They are jointly charged with Newton Popi, 30, and have been advised to apply for bail at the High Court because they face a third schedule charge.

Prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa alleged that on September 26, Gore was at corner Fifth Street and Robert Mugabe in Harare intending to board a bus to Mutare.

The court heard that Gore was in the company of his family and intended to proceed to Mozambique when Popi and his accomplices approached him.

It was alleged that they wanted to drag Gore into their bus as they jostled for passengers at the terminus.

Popi, Ndlovu and Nzombe together with their accomplices who are still at large began dragging Gore and a scuffle ensued, the court heard.

Some of the accused persons began assaulting Gore with clenched fists on the ribs because he resisted getting into Popi’s bus.

Police officers that were in the vicinity rescued Gore and he staggered to board Boltcutter Company Bus but immediately collapsed and died.

The State has lined up witnesses who are going to testify in the case.

Meanwhile, 18 more touts appeared before Harare magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura yesterday charged with touting for passengers.

The 18 include Takura Chetsa, 32, Tapiwa Mafendu, 25, Isheanesu Maromo, 25, Edmore Brown, 25, Moses Muguti, 23, Tapiwa Mhike, 21, Clive Tobias, 20, Brighton Fostar, 32, Tatenda Chingani, 27, Simbarashe Museredza, 31, and Washington Matirira, 32.

They were arrested while touting for passengers at Harare Showgrounds on October 3 this year.

Comments (3)

OWNERSHIP of a fleet of buses is a clear indication that the operators can afford to build an organised bus rank just like that of joburg.....THAT death of a passenger is no doubt a clear fact of competition that is not controlled by the authorities ..THE relevant national authority must move in to immediately apply a carriage tax which is directly applied to construction of an organised rank for MTARE buses...kutenda MWARI hakuzikupa kuchurch chete mahwindi ako achiuraya vanhu...Ipawo kuhurumende woti vavakise rank seyekuJOBURG and GOD will reward you

easyline - 7 October 2017

That death of a Mozambique bound passenger is sorrowful and painful and as if the conductors of those buses do not value people ,,YOU see them sticking images of apostles or evangelists in their buses and combis and they are so quick to request a prayer from one of the passengers before departing and forget that GOD is real ( Wakazviita ndikaramba ndinyerere ukafunga kuti takafanana) the verse is in the bible ,,mahwindi nemaconductor ,nema inspector acho tendeukayi nguva ichiripo,,JEHOVHA is love and if we unite in love we wont let coarse jokes dzechihwindi dzichiurayisa vanhu paroad journey isati yatanga

edza - 7 October 2017

Its perhaps high time a national passenger transport operational audit is done by the govt with an objective of surfguarding lives and even creating jobs otherwise mainspector nemaconductor asina chikoro chinoenderana nekuita mabuses acho ,,all lead to owners leaving their buses ku authority yemahwindi nevakadarowo vanobehavour as if under influence of drugs....what is happenning in south must never be allowed to happen in zimbabwe where one sees a driver of a quantum with a revolver and indeed there are seldom shootouts due to competition disagreements horrible,,,we give credit to ZRP and request them to put more effort to control touts at same time requesting building of organised ranks instead of the disorganised bus ques,,even an association can initiate the implementation of this.

midee - 7 October 2017

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