Crime & Courts

Good Samaritan rapes teen girl

A MAN from Nkayi allegedly raped a 13-year-old juvenile whom he had invited to stay at his homestead with his granddaughter. A court heard that the man allegedly raped the minor and gave her a dollar in January last year. Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Crispen Mberewere did not ask the accused to plead and remanded him in custody to March ...

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Court upholds ZEC decision

The Administrative Court has upheld a decision by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to award a tender to a New York-based company, IPSIDY, to supply a biometric voter registration (BVR) de-duplication hardware and software. This followed an appeal by a Chinese company, Laxton Group Limited, which in June last year won the tender to supply BVR kits ahead of this ...

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Gwanda council boss ‘Khumalo’ challenges demotion

A TOP Gwanda municipality official who was demoted for allegedly duping a home seeker by fraudulently selling him a residential stand allocated to another person, has taken his employer to court challenging his relegation. Mr Kenneth Khumalo was last year suspended by Gwanda municipality for allegedly fraudulently selling a stand at Hlalani Kuhle area which belongs to one Lottie Nkala. ...

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South Sudan to hang former South African colonel

A court in South Sudan has sentenced a former South African colonel to death by hanging for conspiring against President Salva Kiir’s government. William John Endley, who served as an adviser to South Sudanese rebel leader and former Vice-President Riek Machar, was arrested in August 2016. His photo has been tweeted by a privately-owned South Sudanese radio station: William John ...

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‘Corruption won’t be tolerated,’ says Obert Mpofu

HOME Affairs minister, Obert Mpofu says the new political dispensation which has seen the assumption of power by President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs people who are not corrupt. He was giving the closing marks Wednesday at the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) reception ceremony for equipment hired from South Africa to compliment the company’s decrepit stock. The former minister of mines ...

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Mnangagwa approves prisoners’ amnesty

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly approved government plans to decongest the country’s prisons by granting an amnesty to some inmates serving light sentences or experiencing health challenges. Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi, confirmed the development yesterday at a handover ceremony of a 30-tonne sugar donation by Tongaat Hullet. “I talked to the minister of Justice (Ziyambi ...

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Deven Engineering slapped with $300,000 lawsuit

GWERU City Council is suing Deven Engineering Private Limited for failing to deliver a Nissan UD80 lorry they bought for $300 000, for refuse collection. The company indicated to council recently that it could not deliver the vehicle since it had been phased out. According to minutes of a procurement meeting held on January 12, the local authority has since ...

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‘Obert Mpofu demanded a $10m bribe’

In Parliament, former diamond executive Lovemore Kurotwi is telling MPs that Obert Mpofu demanded a $10m bribe when he was Mines Minister. Businessman Lovemore Kurotwi was arrested in 2010 on charges of prejudicing the State of $2 billion in a botched diamond deal after then Mines minister Obert Mpofu accused him of fraud. Mpofu himself is expected to appear before ...

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Killer soldier further remanded

A SOLDIER who allegedly fired about 20 shots, killing his wife, her two siblings and injuring his 18-month- old daughter before shooting himself in an alleged suicide attempt in New Magwegwe suburb following an infidelity row, has been further remanded in custody. Carlos Tinashe Chapeyema (23) who is based in Gweru and attached to the Zimbabwe National Army Infantry Battalion ...

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6-man gang jailed for 72 years, seek Supreme Court appeal

A GANG of six men who were sentenced to a combined 72 years in jail for fiercely attacking workers at a gold mine in Shurugwi before robbing them of three tonnes of gold ore, have approached the High Court seeking leave to appeal at the Supreme Court. Cephas Mahara, Russell Mpandla, Funny Mpandla, Obert Maponda, John Musariri and Watson Gombe ...

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