THE family of a Harare man who was run over by Croco Holdings Limited shareholder Moses Chingwena on Saturday night are fuming over the lack of compassion shown by the cash-rich businessman who failed to attend the burial of the deceased.
Chingwena knocked down Shephard Mukatira along Poland Road in Gletwin in a matter whose details remain sketchy amid claims of a police cover-up.
The shareholder at Croco Holdings Limited, was allegedly behind the wheel of Jaguar XJL.
Mukatira passed on that night at a local hospital and was buried in Mudzi district on Tuesday.
Chingwena snubbed the funeral of the deceased, although, through emissaries offered to compensate the grieving family for their loss.
“He covered funeral expenses and also offered US$1,000 towards bereavement support payment (chema),” a close family member told Zim Morning Post.
“However, we would have appreciated if he had shown up in person to show he was indeed remorseful. He did not even show up to apologise,” the family member added.
Chingwena is alleged to have bypassed accident reporting procedures using the aid of some police officers who are now under investigation for abuse of public office.
It is alleged his friend one Phibion Busangabanye took Chingwena home after the accident.
Zim Morning Post understands the accident vehicle was not impounded by the Vehicle Inspection Department depot in the city but the vehicle remains uncounted for at any of the VID city depots.
Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi told a local publication on Thursday that a comprehensive investigation will be carried out to get to the bottom of the matter.
“I can confirm (Chingwena) was involved in an accident at around 2200hrs on Saturday along Poland Road, Gletwin. Police are currently investigating the case with the view of finding out what transpired,” Nyathi said.
Police sources said while Chingwena’s emissaries had come to an agreement with the deceased’s family, there was need for the matter to be brought before the courts.
Chingwena’s actions come as his integrity is being tested at the High Court where he is battling a long-standing feud with Farai Matsika over the share structure of Croco Holdings, with Matsika seeking a forensic audit and valuation of the company plus payment of full value of his 30 percent shareholding.
Previous driver-pedestrian accidents have seen Afro-jazz musician, Dudu Manhenga, being sent to prison in 2013 after being convicted for negligent driving and causing the death of motorcyclist Graham Martin Millward in 2010.
She was handed an 18-month jail term that was later quashed a year later by Justices Francis Bere and Charles Hungwe, who said the penalty was too harsh.
— Zim Morning Post