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A Harare court has slapped a 51-year-old man with a one year prison sentence for ramming into Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda’s vehicle.

The man, Sinoia Desmond, a National Social Security Authority (NSSA) employee, was charged for almost causing Sibanda’s death by crashing his car onto Sibanda’s Mercedes Benz back passenger door where the country’s most powerful soldier was sitting.

The incident happened on Monday, August 23 at around 1650 hours at the intersection of Samora Machel and Glenara avenues in Harare.

Desmond was accused of failing to give way and obey a regulatory sign, leading to the incident.


His vehicle did not sustain any visible dents while no one was also injured as a result of the crash.

Prosecutors said Desmond was negligent in failing to observe a regulatory provision, failing to give way at a Give Way sign, travelling at a speed that was excessive under the circumstances, and failing to stop or act reasonably when an accident or collision seemed imminent.

Desmond admitted to the charges laid against him when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Magistrate Barbara Mateko over the incident.

For that, he earned a year’s prison sentence.


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