Negligent driving, Mwonzora off the hook

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By Mary Taruvinga

MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora who is accused of reckless driving has been removed from remand.

Mwonzora stands accused of causing a road accident which resulted in the damage to one Onismo Muzhingi’s vehicle.

Last week he walked out of court a free man after a witness failed to turn up for trial.

Harare Magistrate Richard Ramaboa ruled that could proceed by way of summons if it so wished.

“No prejudice will be suffered,” ruled the Magistrate.

Mwonzora is also being charged with failure to insure and license a motor vehicle after he was involved in an accident.

The MDC secretary general is out on free bail.

Prosecuting, Isheunesu Mhiti alleged that on May 27 last year, Mwonzora was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser along Tynwald Road in Harare.

“The vehicle was neither insured nor licensed, contrary to the provisions of the Road Traffic Act,” said the prosecutor.

The court heard 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 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.