Former AFM President In Another Scandal: Ordered To Pay $82 000 For “Killing” Pedestrian
Former president of the of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe (AFM), Dr Aspher Madziyire, has been found guilty of causing the death of a pedestrian, Tymon Mangena, in 2014, due to negligence and driving at excessive speeds well outside the limits. As a result of these finding Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva ordered Madziyire to pay the victim’s widow, Melody Mudzingwa more than $82 000 in compensation. Madziyire had been sued by Mudzingwa and her daughter Nomsa Vanessa.
In his ruling Justice Takuva said,
It is ordered that the first plaintiff’s (Ms Mudzingwa’s) claim is hereby granted as per summons against the defendants as follows: US$3 000 being funeral expenses incurred for the burial of the deceased Tymon Mangena, US$67 200 being damages for plaintiff’s loss of support and US$11 816 being damages for second plaintiff’s (Nomsa Vanessa’s) loss of support.
In her court papers, Mrs Mudzingwa had said,
On April 1, 2014, my husband was involved in an accident along the Bulawayo-Gweru road when the defendant negligently knocked him down. The accident was solely due to excessive speed, failure to be on proper lookout for other road users and failing to reduce speed.
She also told the court that Madziyire had only contributed to the funeral costs by buying a coffin and a beast while she spent more than $3 000 dollars. Madziyire unsuccessfully tried to defend himself by claiming that the victim had been negligent because he had not been looking out for cars.
Pastors of the troubled church, the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM) led by AFM deputy president Rev. Cossum Chiangwa passed a vote of no confidence in AFM president Dr Aspher Madziyire, church elder and prominent lawyer Tawanda Nyambirai, general secretary Reverend Amon Madawo, and national administrator Pastor Munyaradzi Shumba. Madziyire, in turn, suspended the rebels.
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