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High Court puts off Gumbura's appeal hearing to Dec 8 3 December 2016 HARARE - The High Court yesterday postponed until December 8, a hearing by jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura, on his appeal against a rape conviction. After the request was briefly heard in chambers, lawyers handling the appeal for Gumbura requested for time to ...
'Zanu PF politicians financially illiterate' 3 December 2016 HARARE - Maverick businessman Phillip Chiyangwa yesterday branded Zanu PF politicians “fools”, bluntly decrying the former liberation party's policies which he said have ruined business. The real estate tycoon said his colleagues in Zanu PF were financially illiterate, chasing away investors a...
Bus operator faces fresh rape charge 3 December 2016 HARARE - Convicted rapist Simbarashe Gibson, who owns First Class Bus Services, is facing a fresh rape trial on December 7 for allegedly indecently assaulting his sister. The trial is scheduled for the Harare Magistrates' Courts. His lawyers are moving to have the charges quashed. When Gibs...
Outrage over Nssa running new public health scheme 3 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's administration must not let the scandal-plagued State-run pension fund, National Social Security Authority (Nssa), run a compulsory scheme requiring all Zimbabweans to access health insurance. The planned move has drawn swift and strong condemnation. Cabinet ...
Govt to reintroduce radio lessons 3 December 2016 HARARE - Government is set to reintroduce radio lessons to enable students to get supplementary learning in the comfort of their homes. Education minister Lazurus Dokora said the government is now geared to reintroducing the “school of the air”. Radio lessons used to cater for the primary a...
ZMDC warned against eviction of villagers 3 December 2016 MUTARE - Nine livid human rights groups have warned Mutare's district administrator against allowing Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZMDC)'s arbitrary relocation of 26 Chiadzwa families to pave way for mining operations. The rights groups threatened to sue the DA Edgars Seenza in his pe...
House maid wins car 3 December 2016 MUTARE - A woman employed in domestic service the leafy Morningside suburb here was overwhelmed after emerging the winner of brand-new VW Polo in the Bakers Inn’s “Buy and Win” promotion. Emelda Kazembe won the top price following a draw which the listed confectionary giant Innscor Africa’s su...
'Restore students' grants' 3 December 2016 BULAWAYO - Students at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) struggling to pay their tuition fees have implored government to restore students' grants. This comes as hundreds of students were ordered by the university not to sit for their end of year examinations if they had...
Tsvangirai hits out at 'traitors' 2 December 2016 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai appeared to slam the door shut yesterday on the prospects of him working with his former comrades who deserted him and the MDC over the years, saying he did not see the sense of crafting a coalition with people who had previously made it clear that the...
Mujuru woos war veterans 2 December 2016 HARARE - Former vice president and now interim leader of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), Joice Mujuru, has unveiled a team of war veterans who will bolster her party's activities ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, and as the scramble for the key support of former freedom f...
'Cabinet fiddles while kingdom burns' 2 December 2016 HARARE - Pro-democracy activists yesterday expressed shock and anger over Monday's Cabinet meeting which centred on modalities of stopping witch-hunters while the country faced an unprecedented economic meltdown. Consisting of 26 ministers, Cabinet after a full sitting, pronounced that rampant...
Magaya rape complainant fumes at State 2 December 2016 HARARE - The complainant in Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries Walter Magaya's rape case has written a second letter querying the Prosecutor-General office's reluctance to acknowledge her decision to voluntarily withdraw the charge. The alleged rape victim — a Masters student at the ...
#Tajamuka leaders freed on bail 2 December 2016 HARARE - Three leaders of social media movement #Tajamuka arrested on Monday during a media briefing on bond notes were granted bail at the Harare Magistrates' Courts yesterday. Tajamuka spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi, 35, is being jointly charged with activists Mehluli Dube, 35, and Kudakwash...
Ray of hope for rapist Gumbura 2 December 2016 HARARE - Jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura could win a bid to dismiss one of his charges after the State conceded that the clergyman was convicted in error on one of the counts. This emerged during Gumbura's appeal hearing, which was before High Court judges Cha...
Judge recuses self from Kereke appeal hearing 2 December 2016 HARARE - A new judge will hear the appeal of jailed ex-Zanu PF Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke, convicted of raping his 11-year-old niece at gunpoint after the original judge recused himself from the case yesterday. High Court judge Tawanda Chitapi said in court that he would not hear...
Govt warns traders rejecting bond notes 2 December 2016 HARARE - Government has threatened to descend heavily on businesses and individuals refusing to accept bond notes as legal tender. This comes after Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya on Monday officially introduced the promissory notes to ease a severe cash crisis triggered ...
Japan to rehabilitate Chirundu-Karoi road 2 December 2016 HARARE - Japan has started a project to improve a road section along the northern part of the North-South Beira corridor from Chirundu to Karoi, in a bid to enhance cross border transport infrastructure (CBTI) by developing transportation corridors from inland areas to large-scale international p...
Step up anti-human trafficking fight, IOM urges govt 2 December 2016 HARARE - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) wants government to pass anti human trafficking legislation amid revelations that another Zimbabwean has fallen victim to the global scourge and was stranded in Brussels. IOM chief of mission Lily Sanya made the call while presenting ...
'Church leaders fuelling child marriages' 1 December 2016 HARARE - Leaders of indigenous apostolic churches and charismatic evangelical groupings which mix Christian beliefs with traditional cultures are fuelling child marriages in Zimbabwe, researchers say. Child marriage has become most prevalent among indigenous communities in rural areas across t...
Worried govt crushes demo 1 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's panicking government yesterday deployed thousands of heavily-armed riot police in and around Harare, triggering shameful chaos in the capital's central business district (CBD) and causing traffic mayhem during the early morning rush hour, as the highly strung co...
Demand for bond notes hits sky high 1 December 2016 HARARE - In an unexpected development, Zimbabweans are stampeding to their banks in large numbers to withdraw the newly-introduced bond notes. For the third day running yesterday, stressed banks battled to cope with the long queues that snaked inside and around their premises, as depositors co...
. . . as currency triggers countrywide bank siege 1 December 2016 HARARE - Banks opened to long queues and angry customers throughout Zimbabwe yesterday after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's move to introduce bond notes in an effort to fight a crippling liquidity crunch. Our reporters in Bulawayo, Mutare and other centres reported people queuing up in long li...
VP grilled over bond notes hearings 1 December 2016 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa were yesterday grilled in Parliament over bond notes-public hearings, which legislators say should have been done before the introduction of the surrogate currency. This comes as the portfolio committee on Financ...
State wants Magaya indicted at High Court 1 December 2016 HARARE - An advocate who appeared for rape-accused Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder Walter Magaya yesterday slammed the State for breaching the cleric's constitutional rights by committing him for trial even after the complainant was reportedly developing cold feet. Magaya ...
Harare mayor earns $1 250 a month 1 December 2016 HARARE - Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has furiously rejected allegations that he earns over $520 000 per month, revealing for the first time that he actually receives a monthly allowance of $1 250. This follows calls for an investigation by Fadzayi Mahere, an advocate, into the ceremonial m...