Chiradza wanted for culpable homicide: Kanguatjivi

12 Mar 2018 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – Yevai Chiradza, the Zimbabwean doctor who was forced to take leave after a video went viral showing him driving recklessly on the road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, is implicated in the death of three people in a road crash in July 2015.
A warrant of arrest was thus re-issued on Monday against Chiradza, who works for the State, in connection with the deaths of Konrad Louw, Welmine Louw and Aletta Junius when Chiradzi’s car sideswiped the vehicle they were in on the Karibib-Usakos road on 12 July 2015. Two survivors, Johan Junius and Sonja Junius, suffered minor to serious injuries.
Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa on enquiry Monday the arrest warrant was sent to the Otjiwarongo police.
“I can confirm CR08/72015 [case number] Karibib. The accused person is that doctor, Yevai Chiradza. It is a culpable homicide case,” said Kanguatjivi.
According to Kanguatjivi, Chiradza absconded from appearing in court in that case, hence the re-issuing of the warrant of arrest on Monday.
“He appeared several times and one time, he failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued,” said the police spokesperson, without specifying the first date of issuance of the warrant.
The Otjiwarongo police are still investigating the latest incident after Chiradza was found to be driving under the influence of a yet unknown substance/s on the B1 road last week between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.
The fact that Chiradza continues to drive on Namibian roads has angered the family of the three people who died.
Norelle Louw, whose mother, brother and aunt perished in that accident, said criminals are on the loose to destroy lives.
“If the law served us, then this man [Chiradza] would not own a driver’s license today and would be in jail for the multiple deaths he caused by bad driving,” Louw told this agency when approached Monday.
She stated that their lives are torn apart, saying: “Tomorrow would have been my mother’s birthday, but she is gone forever.”
Johan stated under oath in a police accident report that fateful day that he witnessed Chiradza’s car first hitting a pick-up vehicle in front of theirs, forcing it off the road, before bumping into their car in the lane they were in.
A passenger in the pick-up told police Chiradza’s car drove into their lane from the opposite direction, forcing them off the road, and hitting their car on the right back side.
In the same police accident report, which is in Nampa’s possession, Chiradza said that while driving between Karibib and Usakos on that day, his front right tyre burst, resulting in him losing control of his vehicle and sideswiping two oncoming vehicles.
(NAMPA)
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