Crime & Courts

Passengers ‘hijack’ drunken bus driver

PASSENGERS forced a long-distance driver they thought was drunk to stop the bus and took him to the police.


The driver, Solomon Shumba (52) of Glen View in Harare, this week had his bus driving licence cancelled for life and fined $800 (or three months jail with labour) when he was convicted of drunken driving.


He was also banned from driving any vehicle for 12 months. Shumba pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Mr Billiard Musakwa at a periodical court sitting in Banket this week.


The court heard that on August 4, Shumba was driving a bus along Chinhoyi-Banket road on his way to Harare.


Passengers forced him to stop after crossing the Manyame River as he did not have proper control of the vehicle and was swerving.


The passengers got off the bus and boarded a lorry. They asked Shumba to follow alone in the bus to Banket where they reported the matter to the police.


Blood samples taken showed that he had 185 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Shumba said he was not aware that he was drunk. Mr Musakwa commended the passengers for their action. – ZIS.

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