HARARE – A commuter omnibus conductor has been jailed for eight years over the death of a police officer whom he pushed from a moving vehicle.
Mike Madzimbamuto escaped with a lesser jail term after he was convicted for culpable homicide, as opposed to murder charges initially preferred against him by the state.
High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa suspended two years on Madzimbamuto’s sentence on condition of good behaviour within five years of his release.
Musakwa said Madzimbamuto had acted negligently and deserved a jail term to deter would-be-offenders from committing a similar offence.
Circumstances leading to the death of Ngororombe Dzova were that the police officer together with his colleagues only identified in court papers as Mhepo, Chikanya and Mapfumo approached Madzimbamuto’s vehicle in Harare’s Central Business District (CBD) in October 2010.
According to state papers, the group was on duty under the police’s “Operation 100 percent Total De-congestion of the CBD” when they approached the intersection of Julius Nyerere Way and Robson Manyika Road.
They observed that the intersection was heavily congested with commuter omnibuses, which were ferrying passengers at the undesignated zone.
According to state papers, Samuel Mawomo was the driver of the commuter omnibus in which Madzimbamuto was working as a conductor.
Dzova got into the duo’s vehicle to effect an arrest, but Mawomo suddenly drove off the vehicle at speed, while Madzimbamuto was pushing him against the sliding door.
The court heard the door dislodged from its rail, leading to Dzova falling on the tarmac.
He sustained head injuries, before being rushed to Parirenyatwa Hospital, where he died the following day.
A postmortem report showed Dzova died as a result of hypovolemic shock secondary to ruptured viscus.
Mawomo, who was driving the vehicle, is still on the run.