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Former Minister Bimha Demands $310 000 For Vehicle Damaged In Accident

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By Mary Taruvinga

FORMER Industry Minister Mike Bimha has dragged two Harare men and Clarion Insurance Company to court demanding $310 776 compensation for his vehicle damaged in 2018 in a road accident in Harare.

The accident occurred in June 2018 when Thomas Tuso was involved in a road accident and smashed into Bimha’s vehicle, a Landrover Freelander 2.

Tuso is employed by Tonderai Mageje, a driver. The two are cited as respondents in the summons.

Bimha said Mageje agreed to meet the costs of repairing the vehicle after Tuso pleaded guilty of causing the accident.

Bimha in summons before the High Court complained that no progress had been made regarding the repairing of the vehicle, which he needs to use.

In his declaration, Bimha said despite demand for payment, Tuso and Mageje had failed to fulfill the agreement. Clarion Insurance Company was cited in it’s capacity as Mageje’s vehicle insurer.

“On or about June 8, 2018 at Creative Harare and at around 9:50 am, the second defendant (Tuso) in the course of his duties and employment was involved in an accident with plaintiff’s (Bimha) motor vehicle namely, a Land Rover Freelander 2, thereby damaging the said vehicle,” read the summons submitted by Bimha’s lawyers.

“The second defendant admitted liability and was consequently arrested by police and was caused to pay a fine of $15 at Avondale Police Station, as an admission of guilty.”

According to Bimha, Mageje assured him he would ensure all the spare parts required for repairing the vehicle were made available by September 30, 2018.

“Plaintiff has been deprived the use of his motor vehicle for the period from date of accident to date. Plaintiff incurred costs to hire another motor vehicle at the rate of $120 per day from June 8, 2018 to February 28, 2019 thereby incurring the sum of $32 400.

“From the period March 1, 2019 to date, plaintiff has incurred costs of hiring another motor vehicle at the rate of $300 per day which amounts to $108 000. Plaintiff has therefore incurred a total cost of $140 400 as a result of hiring an alternative motor vehicle,” he said.

The matter is yet to be heard.