A man who was involved in an accident after the driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the Ministry of Finance lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the victim’s BT50 is seeking damages from both the ministry and the driver. The accident happened in 2017 along Harare road near the Cement Siding in Bulawayo.
The victim Mr Stanley Stanslous Mthombeni Ndlovu sustained a fracture on his right leg. In papers submitted to the court seeking damages from the ministry and the driver, Mr Ndlovu said he is now disabled because of the Ministry driver Mr Gowe’s negligence.
The road traffic accident was solely caused by the first defendant (Mr Gowe). In fact, he negligently drove his motor vehicle, more specifically in that he was travelling at an excessive speed in the prevailing circumstances and failed to keep his vehicle under proper control. He failed to act reasonably when an accident seemed imminent,” Mr Ndlovu said.
As a result of the accident which was solely caused by the first defendant’s negligent driving conduct, I was badly injured and suffered a compound fracture which left me hospitalised at Mater Dei Hospital where I had to undergo a surgical operation.
As a result of the accident which was solely caused by the first defendant and during the scope of his employment by the second defendant (Ministry of Finance and Economic Development), my car, a Mazda BT50, was extensively damaged. The cheapest quotation was a sum of US$16 152, which is equivalent to $161 520 at the prevailing interbank rate.
Wherefore plaintiff prays for $690 607,52 being total amount of damages arising from the road traffic accident.
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