Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Philip Valerio Sibanda

Man jailed 12 months for crashing into Gen Valerio Sibanda’s motorcade

HARARE magistrate Barbra Mateko has jailed a local man after he rammed into a Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan which was part of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Philip Valerio Sibanda’s motorcade.

Desmond Sinoia, 51, was also banned from driving for eight months.

Sinoia pleaded guilty to recklessly hitting the army general’s vehicle nearly killing him in the process.

The accident took place near the intersection of Glenara and Samora Machel Avenue in Harare this week Monday, with Sinoia admitting he was in a rush to beat a traffic jam.

The Court also heard that General Sibanda’s vehicle was going along Glenara due north to Highlands.

Sibanda was seated at the rear left side seat and Desmond’s motor vehicle hit Sibanda’s vehicle on the side he was sitting on.

It was the State’s case that Sinoia was negligent for failing to observe a regulatory provision, failing to give way at a give way sign, travelling at a speed which was excessive under the circumstances and failing to stop or act reasonably when an accident or collision seemed imminent.

Sinoia is employed by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), a department under the Labour Ministry.

The State represented by Caroline Mutimusakwa stated that on August 23 this year at around 16:59 hours Sinoia was driving along a side road parallel to Samora Machel Avenue going to Msasa with one passenger on board.

According to State papers, upon arrival at the intersection of the said road with Glenara Avenue, Sinoia failed to give way thereby colliding with a Mercedes-Benz registration number ACC 1312 which was being driven by Mpofu Madhlenkosi.

Commander of the Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda and his aide Squadron leader Mark Pride Mangwende were in the vehicle. □

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