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Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s son, Samora Samuel, was yesterday fined $100 or one-month imprisonment by Marondera magistrate Josephine Sande for negligent driving.
Samora (28), of 127 Broadlands Road, Emerald Hill in Harare, was in February involved in a head-on collision with a Proton Bakeries truck near Watershed College outside Marondera which left two people seriously injured.
According to court papers, on February 15 at around 2:30am, Samora was driving a silver Ford Focus (Reg No. ADP 4981) due east along the Harare-Mutare Highway
The other party, Virtual Kaundura, was driving a grey Tata (Reg ADA 9965) due west along the same highway with one passenger on board.
Upon approaching the 60km peg, Samora’s vehicle encroached into the lane of the oncoming Tata truck, resulting in a head-on collision. The Tata veered off the road and overturned once before landing on its roof.
The passenger, Guide Chingoma, sustained injuries while both vehicles were severely damaged. According to the State, the negligence included travelling on the wrong side of the road and excessive speed.
Barbra Mabika represented the State.
NewsDay reported about the accident in February whose details were initially kept a closely-guarded secret.
But national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said police were at first not aware of Samora’s true identity as he did not have his driver’s licence on him and gave his particulars as Samora Samuel only.
“His exact and correct identity was revealed on February 17, 2016 when Samora Samuel brought his driver’s licence for production to police in Marondera as stipulated in the Road Traffic Act, Chapter 13:11,” Charamba said then.