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Beta bus driver arrested

POLICE have arrested 34-year-old Philip Tawanda Chirindo, the driver of the Beta bus which crashed against a petroleum tanker near Mutare on Christmas Eve killing five people.

Chirindo surrendered himself to police on Wednesday after he disappeared from the accident scene and had police manhunting him. Even his employer offered to help police track Chirindo.

“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Philip Tawanda Chirindo (34), the driver of a Beta Bus who escaped after a fatal road traffic accident involving a Freightliner fuel tanker and a Yutong bus which occurred on 24/12/21 at the 242 km peg along Harare-Mutare highway,” ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Thursday evening.

He said Chirindo is being charged for Contravening Section 49 of the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 as read with section 64 (3) of the Road Traffic Act Chapter 11: 13 ‘Culpable Homicide’.

He will appear in court soon.

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