By Bright Chikele…
A Zimbabwean truck driver has been jailed for two years for failing to make way for President Robert Mugabe’s motorcade, a local daily reported on Friday.
The privately-owned NewsDay said Joseph Chakanetsa was also banned from driving trucks for life by a Harare court on Thursday.
He was charged with negligent driving after ignoring the presidential convoy when the veteran ruler was travelling to his home in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale.
Mugabe travels with a motorcade of more than 10 cars and motorbikes and drivers who interfere with the fleet face arrest or getting beaten up on the spot by the presidential security staff.
“Chakanetsa was convicted on his own plea of guilty after he told the court that he did not realise the president’s motorcade was passing when he drove his truck into Borrowdale Road over the weekend,” the paper said.
“He said the noise from his truck prevented him from picking the police siren and when he realised that he had cut through the presidential motorcade, he literally lost his mind.”
Chakanetsa was arrested about 10 kilometres from the scene of the incident after attempting to escape by driving through traffic lights and at times in wrong lanes.