Nyanga- Nyanga Magistrate has sentenced Tynwald High School bus driver, Chamunorwa Machimbidzofa, to five years imprisonment.
Machimbidzofa was found guilty of seven counts of culpable homicide after a full trial at Nyanga Magistrates’ Court.
Machimbidzofa was involved in an accident late last year, in 2022, coming from a trip in Nyanga said to have been speeding and failed to negotiate a sharp curve just after Juliasdale and 7 people died on the spot, 6 learners and 1 teacher.
Thirty-nine other learners and staff members were injured and were taken to Nyanga District Hospital and Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital in Mutare.
The driver will serve an effective four years in prison after one year was suspended on the condition that doesn’t commit an offence involving negligent driving in the next five years.
The court also cancelled his driver’s licence and barred him from driving for the next five years.
The pupils who perished in the accident are Anesuishe Hove (14) of Bluffhill in Harare; Beyonce Guyo (15) of Madokero, Harare; Anita Manyuka (16) of Tynwald Harare; Destiny Dziva (14) of Avondale Harare; Kimberly Tarisai Mutusva (15) of Chitepo Heights, Harare and Craig Madanhire (age unknown), a male juvenile.