Douglas Mwonzora arrested

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MDC Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora yesterday appeared before a Harare magistrate facing charges of negligent driving, failure to insure a motor vehicle and to licence a motor vehicle after he was involved in an accident.

It is the State case that on May 27 last year, Mwonzora was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser along Tynwald Road in Harare.

His vehicle was neither insured nor licensed, contrary to the provisions of the Road Traffic Act.

The State alleges that when Mwonzora approached the intersection of Kirkman Drive and Tynwald Road, he reversed and bumped into another Toyota Land Cruiser which was behind him, and was being driven by Onismo Muzhingi.

It is alleged no one was injured and both vehicles sustained minor damages.

The State also alleges that Mwonzora was negligent after he failed to keep his vehicle under proper control.

Mwonzora appeared before magistrate Richard Ramaboa, who remanded him to January 24 on free bail.

Moses Mapanga appeared for the State.

Zimbabwe has recorded a spike in the rate of road traffic accidents over the past three months, with the majority of them attributed to negligent driving.

This has seen Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube prescribe a maximum fine of $700 or jail time for motorists who cause reckless accidents.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said drivers should respect each other on the roads.

“Whenever you are driving you need to be cautious, you are not on your own. Respect other drivers. Check your vehicle [to see] whether it is roadworthy, insured and properly licensed,” she said.

Charamba said most of the accidents were being caused by negligence.

According to the ZRP Traffic national branch 2015 report, 96% of the road traffic crashes were attributed to human error, which encompasses speeding, inattention or misjudgement, negligent pedestrians and negligent passengers.

“People should adhere to road markings. It’s not good when people die. “You find drivers competing for the reasons we don’t know. As police we try to raise awareness, but it seems nobody is taking notice. Maybe there is need to revisit our road regulations and see where we get it wrong,” Charamba said.

Charamba urged pedestrians to avoid crossing the road while having earphones on or talking on the phone.

She urged the public not to take pictures of accident victims using their cellphones as that was causing harm to their loved ones.

“People should avoid carrying any inflammable substance in their vehicles,” she said.


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