Articles tagged 'courts'

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 ...
Knife-crime spree sweeps Zim 8 January 2017 HARARE - Another stabbing in the Epworth neighbourhood, not with an axe, but a knife. The jacaranda was in bloom and the residents were going about their innocent business. At 3pm, a terrible screaming was heard coming from a nearby home and when police arrived, they found a man lying bleed...
Drama, tears, joy in courts 1 January 2017 HARARE - Tears and joy can best describe the year 2016 as the country’s judicial system became flooded with more dramatic and captivating cases, making it one of the busiest in years. From the dramatic arrest and trial of demonstrators demanding the end to President Robert Mugabe’s rule to the...
Armed robber nabbed in shoot-out 16 December 2016 HARARE - A suspected ring leader of a syndicate of armed robbers that pounced on gold dealers is currently nursing wounds after he was reportedly shot at Shamva Gold Mine while fleeing arrest. Mike Machivenyika, of Chisaka Farm in Shamva, was advised of his robbery charges at Parirenyatwa Hosp...
Fidelity bosses lose separate trials bid 13 December 2016 HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday  denied defence motions to separate corruption trials against Fidelity Printers and Refiners (Fidelity) bosses facing $800 000 fraud charges. Harare regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa denied the Fidelity bosses’ motions for separate trials after ruling that...
Magistrate dismisses Fidelity boss's stay of proceedings bid 29 November 2016 HARARE - Fidelity Printers and Refiners accountant Ronald Madhara’s application for stay of proceedings in a fraud case involving $800 000 was thrown out yesterday after a magistrate ruled that he had failed to present convincing reasons. Madhara is jointly charged with Tinashe Wellington Mumb...
Chiyangwa drags manager to court 15 November 2016 HARARE - Flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa’s company — Pinnacle Property Holdings (Pinnacle) — has dragged its site manager to court for allegedly siphoning $6 500 received from clients. The accused — Means Kodzwa, 60, of Budiriro 4 in Harare — appeared before magistrate Vongai Muchuchut...
'Toy gun' robbers jailed 10 November 2016 HARARE - Two Epworth robbers, who masqueraded with a toy gun — threatening motorists and hijacking cars, were slapped with three-year jail terms each yesterday. Tafadzwa Learnmore Gwenzi, 28, and Maxwell Kwenda Choruwa, 41, were convicted of robbery by Harare magistrate, Vongai Muchuchuti. ...
Rapist jailed 15 years 27 October 2016 HARRE - A Harare man who pounced on a couple that stood by a roadside during the night and pretended to be a community leader before dragging the woman to a bush and where he raped her was yesterday slapped with an 18-year jail sentence. Thompson Nyamare, 36, of New Tafara Harare, was convicte...
Car thief gets 11-year jail term 24 October 2016 HARARE - A 23-year-old car thief, who went on a robbing spree stealing cars armed with a duplicate key for Toyota vehicles, was slapped with an 11-year prison term. Garikai Chakwizira of Waterfalls, Harare, was convicted on three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and another three for driving...