The charge sheet against a Harare man who was facing culpable homicide in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of businessman and socialite Shingirayi Mukandi has been altered to a case of murder. The case was heart before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who rolled over the matter to February 5.
Prosecuting, Linda Gadzikwa indicated that the reason for altering charges due to the direction investigations into the matter so far indicating Alfred Takudzwa Machipisa intentionally killed Mukandi. Machipisa, 25, who is out of custody on $150 bail will answer to murder charges after investigations into the matter are finalised.
Initially, Machipisa was facing culpable homicide charges, failure to stop after an accident, failure to report an accident within 24 hours and failure to render assistance after an accident
Allegations are that on July 22 around 9:00pm, Machipisa negligently and recklessly drove a white Isuzu KB300 Double Cab registration number ADM2734. He was trailing Mukandi who was riding a green Kawasaki motorcycle along Harare Drive. It is alleged that after passing house No. 201 Harare Drive in Mount Pleasant, Machipisa started speeding. Machipisa reportedly failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to keep a safe distance between himself and the motorcycle.
The State further alleges that Machipisa hit the motorcycle from behind and due to the impact, Mukandi flew off the motor cycle and landed 70 metres away. His body rested near the yellow line on the left side of the tarmac, while his motorcycle stopped about 150 metres away before Machipisa fled the scene.
Machipisa’s lawyer, Anesu Bangidza, maintained that the State is being unfair since his client had been charged for culpable homicide charges