Kombi driver (23) and conductor (19) on murder charge for allegedly running over a traffic cop manning a roadblock


A commuter omnibus driver and his conductor yesterday appeared before a Harare magistrate facing charges of murder after they allegedly ran over a traffic police officer manning a roadblock.

Gift Musona (23) and his conductor, Tinashe Kachidza (19) were advised to apply for bail at the High Court by Harare magistrate, Vongai Muchuchuti, who remanded them to September 26.

It is the state case that on August 18 at around 6am, Joshua Hwara was manning a police roadblock along Robert Mugabe Road near the Vehicle Inspection Department, while in the company of constables Gundla and Gwaze.

Musona and Kachidza were using a Mazda Bongo omnibus, which was coming from the city centre heading towards Epworth.

The state alleged Musona and Kachidza, acting in common purpose, agreed to bypass the roadblock and diverted into McChery Avenue, which runs parallel Robert Mugabe Road.

Hwara then proceeded to McChery road and flagged Musona’s vehicle to stop.

But Musona allegedly accelerated towards Hwara and ran him over and drove away. The two then gave the vehicle to the owner after the accident. It is alleged the owner noticed a dent and the duo failed to give a satisfactory explanation.

Hwara sustained serious head injuries and bruises all over his body and was bleeding from the nose. He was referred to Parirenyatwa hospital, where he died on admission. A postmortem revealed that he ruptured his bladder.

On September 6, police received information on Musona and Kachidza’s whereabouts leading to their arrest and recovery of the motor vehicle.

Audrey Chogumaira appeared for the State. By Desmond Chingarande. source-newsday

photo-another scenario a few years ago when a cop was carried on the front bumper of a Kombi, showing the deadly cat and mouse game between cops and kombi crews


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