A Chiweshe-based tout (Hwindi) was allegedly killed by a commuter omnibus (Kombi) conductor in a horrific accident that occurred after the two exchanged blows on Wednesday.
Mashonaland Central deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Naison Dhliwayo reported that the now-deceased, Nigel Dyariwa, had a misunderstanding with Victor Nyainga, a conductor and fought physically. Dhliwayo said:
The conductor and the now-deceased had a misunderstanding and the two fought. The kombi driver, Patson Rande, disembarked from the driver’s seat to restrain the two from fighting.
The conductor ran to the driver’s seat and drove away while Dyariwa latched onto the driver’s door precariously. During the fracas, the conductor failed to control the kombi and hit a tree and the vehicle overturned and landed on top of Dyariwa, thereby killing him on the spot.
The tout’s body was ferried to Concession Hospital for post-mortem.
Police always urge members of the public to resolve their issues amicably.
Meanwhile, private-owned Kombis that are not contracted to the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) are still banned from the roads also though operators have been violating that legislation.
Recently, a Masvingo man broke his leg after being thrown out of a kombi that was engaged in a high-speed chase with a police vehicle at Caravan Park recently.
Jealousy Mashiri of Mucheke and three other passengers were thrown out of the Kombi after it rammed into a signpost causing the door to fall off.