The driver of the South African registered haulage truck, Regis Mungwari (29) who was driving to Harare carrying tyres, has been charged with 20 cases of culpable homicide.
He appeared before Mvuma magistrate’s Court on Friday 07 April 2017 facing 20 Cases of Culpable homicide and was remanded in custody to April 20. He was denied bail by the Mvuma magistrate’s court and taken to Whawha Remand Prison.
In denying Regis bail, the magistrate said he was not a proper candidate for bail considering that
1) He did not have a fixed address in Zimbabwe.
2) Employee in South Africa and could escape.
3) He could commit suicide.
Mungwari’s wife Mai Anjienate (Ivy Taruberekera) broke down in tears as she suckled Regis Mungwari’s 3 weeks old baby on Friday when Mvuma magistrate’s court denied her husband bail.
Mungwari is in the country as a South African truck driver, and to grant him bail the court would be required to legalise his residency status while he awaits trial.
According to state, preliminary investigations indicate that on approaching the 218km peg, Mungwari encroached on the path of the oncoming bus. The bus and the haulage truck sideswiped and both vehicles caught fire.
The officer commanding national traffic, Snr Asst Comm Felistus Chikowore Mjanga and the officer commanding Midlands Province Snr Asst Comm Abigail Moyowere at the scene of the accident to ensure that investigations proceeds smoothly.
As I speak right now, he is languishing in Whawha Remand Prison. I saw him yesterday putting on remand prison garb.