Articles tagged 'courts'

Row over Borrowdale property spills into court 26 April 2017 HARARE - Harare businessman Bernard Mutanga has been dragged to court for refusing to facilitate the transfer of a Borrowdale property he sold a decade ago. Mutanga, who is cited together with the registrar of deeds, was taken to the High Court by Celestino Chenjerai Kanyekanye over the August...
Zanu PF youth fakes colleague's death, collects $1 000 25 April 2017 BULAWAYO - Zanu PF youth member Blessed Mushando has been arrested for allegedly defrauding a local businessman of $1 000 after lying that he wanted to bankroll the funeral of provincial youth chair Khumbulani Mpofu, who is still alive. The 28-year-old from Entumbane, yesterday appeared before...
Zanu PF councillor bashes wife over sex 24 April 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF councillor for Chegutu ward 4 Stanley Banda has been fined $400 by a Chegutu magistrate after he was found guilty of bashing his wife for refusing him sex. Banda, 45, was convicted on his own plea of guilty. He was being charged with domestic violence “physical abuse” as de...
Gang jailed for stealing from dying victim 13 April 2017 HARARE - A gang of thieves that stole $5 510 from a dying woman who had an accident along the Harare-Mutare highway will spend one-and-a-half-years in jail. Enerst Jonga, 23, Sedrick Kachengo, 20, Innocent Gumbo, 17, and 21-year-old Kevin John of Matapi Flats in Mbare were convicted of theft a...
'Set up maximum security prison in Mutare' 12 April 2017 MUTARE - Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) here has called for a maximum security prison to house dangerous inmates after the opening of a permanent High Court in Mutare. ZPCS officer commanding Manicaland Didymus Chimvura told Chief Justice Luke Malaba after a tour of a High C...
Gumbura's fresh rape trial dropped 11 April 2017 HARARE - Jailed Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura’s fresh rape charge has been dropped. Had he been convicted, his current 40-year jail term — imposed in 2013 over four counts of rape — could have been lengthened. He was removed from remand on the fresh rape charge yes...
Legal costs too high: Mnangagwa 6 April 2017 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has concurred with sentiment from the public that the legal costs in Zimbabwe are too high. Debating a report of the portfolio committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on Judicial Laws Amendment (Ease of Settling Commercial and Other Disp...
Court slashes 40-year rape sentence 5 April 2017 BULAWAYO - The High Court here has slashed a 40-year jail term for an HIV-positive Gokwe man who raped and infected his 11-year-old niece with a sexually transmitted disease. The 31-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, raped his brother’s daughter on four differe...
Granny, 78, nabbed over lover's 'murder' 29 March 2017 HARARE - A married 78-year-old woman, who had sex in the bush with her 65-year-old boyfriend before allegedly murdering him by pulling his privates after an altercation, has been dragged to the High Court facing murder charges. Meddas Hamadziripi, from Pfungwe, ran out of luck in 2015 after sh...
Woman up for 49 counts of fraud 21 March 2017 BULAWAYO - A woman allegedly defrauded a non-governmental organisation she was working for of more than $80 000. Hazel Chawanda Matenga, 43, formerly employed by Child Care Ministries as its country co-ordinator, yesterday appeared before magistrate Tinashe Tashaya facing 49 counts of fraud. ...
Magistrates' 'undue' postponement of cases slammed 20 March 2017 HARARE - Chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe has castigated the “unjustified” unnecessary postponement of cases, saying it leads to delays in justice delivery. This comes as lawyers have often complained about endless and willy-nilly deferment of cases by the courts.  “Remanding and postponi...
Recruitment freeze hits judiciary 18 March 2017 HARARE - Government must consider lifting the freeze on magistrates’ recruitment as there is a serious shortage of staff in the judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said. Speaking at a swearing in ceremony of three trainee magistrates at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday, ch...
State insists on prosecuting Dzamara 15 March 2017 HARARE - The State is insisting on prosecuting Patson Dzamara and #Tajamuka activists on charges of defeating the course of justice using the same evidence tendered in a robbery case that has been struck off the roll. Dzamara is jointly charged with Oliver Chikumba, 32, Tatenda Mombeyarara, 33...
Ex-minister Mangwana sued over $154k debt 21 February 2017 HARARE - Former Indigenisation minister Paul Mangwana has been dragged to the High Court for allegedly failing to pay $154 000 for a truck he bought from the Zimbabwe Farmers Development Company (ZFDC). According to court papers, the two parties entered into an agreement of sale nearly a decad...
Cops face probe for assault on vendors 17 February 2017 HARARE - Two vendors brutally assaulted during clashes with the police on Tuesday appeared in court yesterday with visible soft tissue injuries, prompting a magistrate to order investigations into the matter. Fungai Muzira and Godwin Mbizo appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa c...
Tomana seeks stay of prosecution 14 February 2017 HARARE - Suspended prosecutor-general, Johannes Tomana, who is facing criminal abuse of office charges, has applied for stay of prosecution pending the hearing of his Constitutional Court (Con-Court) application to be tried by an external judge. Tomana made the application yesterday through hi...
Court sheriffs must be probed 14 February 2017 HARARE - The office of the Sheriff of the High Court must be investigated for poor supervision which has resulted in messengers of court serving papers to defendants at wrong addresses. A lot of people in Zimbabwe were not particularly surprised last week when the Con-Court threw out Promise M...
Mugabe must go' pastor stays jailed 12 February 2017 HARARE - In a court development that left the defence team fuming on Friday, a Harare magistrate deferred the trial of incarcerated activist clergyman Patrick Phillip Mugadza — who earlier this year made a controversial “prophesy” that President Robert Mugabe would die this year. Mugadza has b...
Airport Road deal haunts Harare 12 February 2017 HARARE - A Mauritius-based company that was contracted to build the Airport Road has dragged the City of Harare to court demanding 40,5665 hectares of land as compensation and payment for the job to construct the controversial project, and in terms of the agreement between the two parties. In ...
Lawyers slam prisons' failure to transport suspects 10 February 2017 HARARE - Human rights lawyers have slammed the failure by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) to transport prisoners to court, saying the development blatantly breached the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees. It’s been two weeks since ZPCS has failed to bring suspects h...
Armed robber jailed seven years 7 February 2017 HARARE - An armed robber who stormed into a Warren Park supermarket and fired shots before his accomplices dashed off with cash-loaded till boxes has been jailed for seven years. Harare magistrate, Nomsa Sabarauta, convicted the robber — Lawrence Wilson — of theft, robbery in aggravating circu...
Parly speaker's son faces jail 3 February 2017 HARARE - House of Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda’s son, Donald Makanze Mudenda, is facing jail after he reportedly failed to pay a $22 000 debt, which includes rent arrears and legal costs. This comes after the complainant, Mark Lorenco — through his lawyers from Mapendere and Partners Legal P...
Vagrants 'gang rape' woman 31 January 2017 HARARE - A Harare vagrant who reportedly teamed up with his two colleagues and took turns to rape a woman appeared in court yesterday. Richard Kabasa, 27, who is of no fixed abode, will stand trial on rape charges before Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya. He was remanded in custody an...
Pair up for $14k fraud charge 23 January 2017 HARARE - Two former Toyota Zimbabwe (Toyota) employees have been dragged to court facing fraud charges after they reportedly diverted a $14 000 payment for vehicle spares to their personal accounts. Alouis Kadonzvo, who resides in Eastlea, Harare, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa...
Cop to pay $5 000 after crashing impounded car 11 January 2017 MUTARE - A cop has been ordered to pay $4 960 after he impounded a vehicle for alleged traffic offences before crashing it in a high-speed chase. Rusape magistrate Shingi Mutiro awarded the compensation to motorist Simba Chikaka. Titus Matava, a constable at Rusape Police Station impounded ...