ZIMBABWE – An unlicenced driver whose car side swiped Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo’s, has been fined US$450.
Shupayi Maxwell Pfupajena, 41, pleaded guilty to the four counts of contravening the Road Traffic Act.
For the first count of driving without a licence, Shupayi was slapped with a US$50 fine or he risks 30 days in prison and for the accident which the State proved that occurred while he was travelling at an excessive speed, he was fined US$300 or he risks four months in jail.
And for driving a car which had no vehicle licence and no third party insurance, Shupayi was slapped with US$50 fine or he risks 30 days in prison for each count.
State, led by prosecutor Oscar Madhume proved that on November 5 around 7:40pm, Shupayi was driving his Nissan Champ registered ABA 9789 along Sam Nujoma without a drivers licence.
Agreed facts are that as Shupayi had driven for a certain distance; he failed to keep his car under control after he had been flashed by lights of a vehicle which was coming from his opposite direction.
However when Shupayi was affected by the flashed lights, he then swerved to the outer lane where Minister Chombo was driving his unregistered Range Rover resulting in a side swipe.
It was heard in court that as a result of the collision, no one was injured but both vehicles sustained minor damages.
Shupayi’s car had damages on its left front wheel while Minister Chombo’s car had scratches on the right doors.
It was after the accident that Shupayi’s car was also seen that it had no vehicle licence and insurance.