7 pupils injured in police, kombi chase – PICTURES


By John Manzongo

Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.

Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.
Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.

The injured pupils were from Churchill Boys’ High School and Roosevelt Girls’ High School.

After realising that the kombi had overturned and caused a pile-up accident, the police officers sped off from the scene.

Their police station could not be established at the time of going to print last night.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident, saying investigations were still in progress.

“A commuter omnibus, which was being driven by an unlicensed Missy Svomochera (25) was picking up passengers from an undesignated point in the city,” she said. “When police approached him, he switched on the vehicle’s engine and sped off and the police pursued.

“We are still investigating what happened with the police officers after the accident.”

A man walks past a commuter omnibus which overturned after ramming into two other vehicles while reportedly fleeing police in Harare CBD yesterday morning. — (Picture by Memory Mangombe)
A man walks past a commuter omnibus which overturned after ramming into two other vehicles while reportedly fleeing police in Harare CBD yesterday morning. — (Picture by Memory Mangombe)

The driver of a private vehicle involved in the accident with the commuter omnibus, Mr Kingstone Mhako, said: “The robot was in my favour, giving me the right to proceed and halfway into the intersection, I saw a commuter omnibus popping up in front of me and it was too late for me to brake and I plunged into it and it overturned.

“The police bike, which was pursuing the commuter omnibus, disappeared during the chaos. I have just visited the injured school pupils at Parirenyatwa Hospital and they told me that the police chased the commuter omnibus from Chinhoyi Street up until Sam Nujoma Street where the accident occurred.”

Mr Mhako said Government should introduce safer mechanisms to control errant commuter omnibus drivers.

Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.
Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.

“The police should just book the vehicle number plate and follow up through Central Vehicle Registry and arrest the culprits or force the owner to account for his/her driver,” he said.

“The fine for such an offence is maybe $20 or $30, but I just lost a vehicle worth $9 000 and lives of 10 school pupils could have been lost.”

In April, Snr Asst Comm Charamba said throwing spikes at moving vehicles was illegal and police officers found engaging in such practices would be dealt with accordingly.

Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.
Seven school pupils escaped death by a whisker in Harare yesterday when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while police officers on a motorcycle were in hot pursuit.

According to the police, spikes should only be placed in front of vehicles when officers suspect the driver might not stop at a roadblock.

In December, a traffic police officer was assaulted by motorists and residents of Highfield, Harare, for allegedly causing a commuter omnibus accident in which more than 14 passengers were injured along Willowvale Road.

On January 25, 2017, a 43-year-old woman was severely injured after a police officer placed a spike under a commuter omnibus she had just boarded along Prince Edward Street in Milton Park, Harare.

As she was about to disembark, one of the spikes pierced her right leg above the ankle. The Herald

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  • TOSvika rinhi losing innocent lives can’t the ZRP replace chasing down vehicles with something new ko basa rema number plates nderei haa tosvikepi nhai veduwe

    • Even the combi driver was wrong why risking innocent children’s lives

  • imbwA dzevanhu varoi

  • It looks like police yedu haigone kunyora kana kuverenga. Ndoochokwadi chiripo. Because a real literate policeman will never do a speed chase in town chasing a vehicle with passengers!!!!

    • not only passengers mwana wamai vangu,school kids, i am sure on can clearly see through the transparent windows kuti mota yakatakura vana vechikoro, i dont think they even care!

    • They dont care you are right. Zvandaona vachiita mutown nhasi nemaspike avo aye munarobert mugabe road muya. Mmmmmm apa vanga vachiita ekukanda mota ichitofamba. Zvakaoma hazvo

    • U can say that again Nicholas

  • Until when shall these crimes continue to be committed!

  • For this one its pussy police .this case will go far we will make apoeal after appeal to put them behind bars

  • MAX

    WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF OUR TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICERS WHO DO AS THEY CHOOSE . IF TOURISTS WHO JUST COME 3 DAYS AND LEAVE COMPAIN ABOUT OUR TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICERS HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO MEET THEM 24/7

  • Mukanya

    ZRP militia proving to be worthy murderers!! When are we going to have a professional POLICE FORCE IN ZIMBABAWE?

  • Mapurise ese imbavha havazivi zvavanoita vanosiya kubata mbavha vosimbirira kumota dzavanoziva kuti vanowa mari havanyari chokwadhi

  • Chigunduru

    As long as Zanu PF is ruling the country, this will continue. The solution is in your hands.

  • Mamupurisa ne ma kombi drivers koshesai hupenyu hwevanhu please.

  • Chihuri huya ubate imbwa dzako!!!

  • Who is training these officers and who is training these kombi drivers? Both parties does not understand kuti hupenyi hwevanhu huri mumaoko avo. Too many lives lost and we are still yet to count even more! If you think education is too expensive, try ignorance! Here is a pinch of advice to the police: if the driver is speeding trying to escape just take the number plate and go see owner of that kombi and that way you will resolve the issue in a safe and very professional manner. Advice to the kombi drivers out there: please stop speeding with a vehicle carrying innocent people. Just stop the vehicle and deal with this situation without putting the passengers in danger. To the employers you have duty of care to the public. Stop turning a blind eye bcz you are responsible for all this appalling behaviour and stupidity being carried out by your employees. Wake up Zimbabwe its time to value each other

  • tee cee

    mukadzi uyu yu say they are illegal imi muchimashandisa everyday

  • Shame

  • hamuna macamera here nhai plce dept

  • headline should read 7pupils injured in police gold rush

  • chimuvhondo kushungo

    ko mapurisa akazotizeyi after the accident. The crime that was committed by the kombi driver disappeared soon after the accident. bogus policemen, soon you will hear.

  • Painful.

  • They were chasing for bribes like always

  • Dats bad zvinorwadza sei guys

  • wonzwa rimwe zimunhu richisupporter kushandiswa kwemaspike kuti vanhu vafe thats SATANISM AT ITS BEST innocent pple vachifira huhara izvozvi pakawana anotyoka gumbo kutoora coz maOrtho doctors acho anodhura zvino hupenyu here uhwu veduweed

  • Maxhegu Jamela

  • both combi drivers and police have the same agenda, to kill as many people as they can

  • What a shame

  • If it wasn’t that they wanted bribe the pupils wouldn’t be injured mxm I feel very sorry for the pupils esh

  • Kunzi porisi hazvirevi hondo,kunzi porisi zvinotodawo pfungwa #singsulumanising

  • It’s no longer safe in Zimbabwe.. really lives continue to be lost evrday

  • Ah God plz c zimbabwe

  • Where are the legislators? Both and MDC must stop this nonsense. This requires common sense. The policeman is after the combi driver and the combi driver wil not stop. The police will go all out to get the combi driver even at the expense of innocent passengers. Whats the use of the literacy we boast about if we cant do basics to save innocent lives?

  • Chokwadi

    I am ashamed of being a Zimbabwean.

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