In defence, Gonongono reportedly told the Victoria Falls Magistrates Court that he didn’t know that the police sirens were a warning for him to pull off the road until the Zim One motorcade had passed.
A MAN from Victoria Falls was this week jailed for 30 months for blocking President Mugabe’s motorcade.
Trinity Gonongono, 33, of Chinotimba, Victoria Falls was charged with failing to comply with lawful instructions given by the police when he appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa.
Gonongono was reportedly arrested by President Mugabe’s outriders when he failed to pull off the road to give way to the motorcade as specified in Zimbabwe’s road traffic regulations.
According to the highway code: “…a driver is expected to pull off the road and stop to the extreme left of the road and remain stationary while a motorcade or an ambulance passes by…”
The prosecutor said Gonongono was driving a Toyota Lite Ace pickup truck with two passengers on board along Livingstone Way when he failed to give way to President Mugabe’s motorcade.
In defence, Gonongono reportedly told the Magistrates that he did not know that the police sirens were a warning for him to pull off the road until the Zim One motorcade had passed.
On that day, media reports say, President Mugabe took a drive around the resort town after commissioning the newly expanded Victoria Falls International Airport.
However Gonongono’s four-month sentence was eventually altered to 140 hours of community service.