AFRO-FUSION musician, Andy Muridzo – real name Andrew Ngwenya – was in court yesterday as his trial for contravening the Road Traffic Act kicked off.
Muridzo is facing two counts of driving without a valid driver’s licence and negligent driving.
The singer has not been consistent on his plea before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko.
Initially, Muridzo pleaded guilty to both charges before changing his plea to not guilty yesterday.
He will be back in court in on April 19 for trial continuation.
In his submissions, the accused has put the State to strictest proof thereof arguing that he was a holder of a valid learner’s licence at the time of the accident.
He further stated that on the day in question, he was driving along Sam Nujoma Street and intended to turn right into Josiah Tongogara as the traffic turned amber.
As he executed his drive, another white Mercedes Benz approached the intersection in the inner lane to beat the amber traffic light leading to a collision.
After the collision, the accused reversed backwards and in panic drove off on a concrete pavement.
He further denies colliding with any other vehicle.
He has also provided photographic evidence of his vehicle but it was dismissed by the State before the court ordered for colour printed pictorial evidence to be brought forward.
The State led by Farirai Nyamutowa opened its case with second witness Nyaradzo Muhonde who alleged that Muridzo hit her stationary vehicle in the accident.
She further testified that the accused hit her right front bumper, right indicator, deformed the bonnet, damaged the back left rear bumper and bended her vehicle’s chassis.
The court heard that the car she was driving was pushed backwards and hit another vehicle from behind before she disembarked the vehicle to establish the damage.
After coming out of her vehicle, she observed the accused’s car speeding off and got hold of the number plate AEB 0122 which she gave to the police.
She was bruised on her left knee and did not see an L-plate on the accused’s car.
Two other witnesses Innocent Chadyiwa and Kenneth Dzviti are still to testify on the matter.