Injured passengers sue ZUPCO

Bulawayo Bureau
Two passengers who were injured last year when a ZUPCO bus they were travelling in rammed into a stationary tractor along the Bulawayo-Harare road have taken the bus company to court.

Mavis Mahachi and Mlamuli Ndebele are demanding more than $36 000 for damages, medical expenses incurred and the injuries they sustained.

According to court papers filed at the Bulawayo High Court last week, ZUPCO and Diamond Insurance Ltd were cited as the defendants while Mahachi and Ndebele are plaintiffs in the matter.

Summons filed by Mahachi and Ndebele through lawyers, Majoko and Majoko Legal Practitioners, read: “On May 15, 2014 at the 351km peg along the Bulawayo-Harare road, we were travelling in a ZUPCO bus when it rammed into a stationary tractor which had broken down.”

Mahachi stated that she suffered injury damages in the sum of $2 122 as a result of shock, pain and medical expenses.

Ndebele said he lost three fingers after they were amputated due to the nature of the injury sustained in the accident and is demanding a total of $34 573 in damages.

The two are holding ZUPCO liable as the owner of the offending vehicle while Diamond Insurance Ltd is the insurer for the bus company.

“ZUPCO is liable to the plaintiff as the registered owner of the offending vehicle and they are vicariously liable for the negligent conduct of their driver. Diamond Insurance Limited is liable to the plaintiff as they are the statutory insurers of the offending vehicle,” said the lawyers.

According to the court papers, Ndebele and Mahachi are demanding that ZUPCO and Diamond Insurance Limited pay a total of $36 695 with collection of commission calculated in accordance with by-law 70 of the Law Society of Zimbabwe by-laws of 1982.

“Wherefore plaintiffs claim against defendants jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved. Payment of $2 122 for Mahachi and $34 573 for Ndebele and the cost of suit at attorney-client scale,” said the plaintiffs in their summons.

The two plaintiffs indicated that despite demanding the payment, the defendants had refused, failed or neglected to pay the amount.

ZUPCO and its insurance company have not yet entered an appearance to defend themselves against the summons.

No hearing date in the civil matter has been set.