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 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 traveling 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 realize the president’s motorcade was passing when he drove his truck into Borrowdale Road over the weekend,” the paper said. Chakanetsa was arrested about 10 km from the scene of the incident after attempting to escape by driving through traffic lights.