Tapiwa Kanembiriri (39) and Samson Makaripe (40) parents of the late Tinotenda Regina Chikumbu were left devasted after their daughter’s killer was sentenced to community service. 11-year-old Tinotenda and another passenger only identified as Shumba died on the spot in February this year when the kombi they were in was involved in a head-on collision fleeing from the police.
The commuter omnibus driver Farasi Masawu, 32, was convicted of culpable homicide after a full trial despite pleading not guilty. However, Harare Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura sentenced Masawu to 18 months’ imprisonment of which 6 months were suspended for five years on good behaviour.A further 12 months were suspended on condition that he performs 420 hours of community service. He was also barred from driving for two years.
Tino’s parents believe that there was colusion between the judicial officers and Masawu as the later is alleged to have bragged that he would never spend a day in prison.
Said Samson, Tinotenda’s father:
Again, this case took too long to be finalised. The prosecutor who handled the case was evasive … I had to push for this day to come.
I had to approach even the area prosecutor so that our case could be heard as it was postponed several at State’s instance.”
..he bragged that we would never to see justice.
He said our feet would become swollen by walking to court and his words have just been confirmed.
The family is trying to lodge a complaint against the magistrate.
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