Articles tagged 'police'

'Bribe money-swallowing' cop trial deferred 25 March 2017 HARARE - The trial of a Mbare police officer-in-charge, who allegedly attempted to swallow bribe money after being trapped, has been deferred to April 6 because the magistrate was not available. Violet Sigauke is being charged with criminal abuse of office. Trial proceedings are before Hara...
High Court blocks Mazowe evictions 25 March 2017 HARARE - High Court Judge Felistus Chatukuta has ordered the police to stop demolitions and eviction of several families occupying Arnold Farm in Mazowe. Chatukuta granted the order by consent yesterday after the occupants — through their lawyer Donsa Nkomo from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human ...
War vets meet amid tension 23 March 2017 HARARE - War veterans are set to meet today in Harare to discuss Zimbabwe's deepening political and economic crisis amid a tense atmosphere, as defiant opposition parties yesterday staged a demonstration, despite a warning by the police. The ex-freedom fighters' indaba, initially scheduled for...
Crisis as police bans big demo 22 March 2017 HARARE - Panicking authorities went back on their word yesterday, effectively banning the opposition's planned mega demonstration in Harare today, which was set to be led by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai. After security chiefs — who met the organisers of the protest march on Monday — had app...
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. ...
Doctors flush gems out of thief 18 March 2017 MUTARE - Doctors have flushed out two diamond pieces from one of three Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) gem sorters on trial for swallowing the precious stones. The medical procedure was performed on 31-year-old Pfungwai Sithole, more than ten days after he ingested the ston...
Creditors can attach govt assets: Court 17 March 2017 HARARE - Litigants are now able to attach government property over debts after the High Court invalidated the State Liabilities Act, which it said was being used by the authorities to evade paying its dues. The March 15, landmark ruling was handed down after Mutare businessman Tendai Blessing ...
Mawarire suffers fresh setback 17 March 2017 HARARE - Evan Mawarire yesterday demanded that the State furnish him with a trial date or remove him from remand, but the application was dismissed. Mawarire, whose independent social media movement #ThisFlag, catalysed citizens’ frustration with President Robert Mugabe regime during last year...
'Bribe money-swallowing' cop trial opens 16 March 2017 HARARE - The trial of the police officer who tried to swallow bribe cash after being busted kicked off yesterday, with a man who was used to deliver the trap money testifying that the accused reacted violently after realising that she had been cornered. Wilson Siwela, who is a conductor, attes...
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...
Cop ordered to pay torture victim 13 March 2017 HARARE - A Manicaland-based Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer is set to lose a substantial amount of his salary after it was garnished by the court to pay a victim that he brutally tortured over two years ago. According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), which represented th...
'Mugabe must account for Dzamara' 10 March 2017 HARARE - Missing journalist-cum-political activist Itai Dzamara’s brother Patson has called on Zimbabweans to continue piling pressure on President Robert Mugabe’s government to stop the enforced disappearance of rights activists. Speaking yesterday during commemorations for Dzamara’s abductio...
Police clear war vets indaba 7 March 2017 HARARE - Police have cleared war veterans’ Friday indaba in Harare called to review the country’s deepening political, economic and social crisis. War collaborators and ex-detainees countrywide are expected to be part of the engagement, but their patron, President Robert Mugabe, is not invited...
Cars shortage cripple Mhondoro-Ngezi police 6 March 2017 HARARE - Police in Mhondoro-Ngezi are finding it difficult to attend to crime scenes due to a severe shortage of vehicles, officer commanding Mashonaland West province Rangarirai Mushaurwa has said. She said the single Land Rover Defender vehicle that has been servicing the area — dogged by ra...
Cops throwing spikes risk jail 5 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean police using two-metre-long iron bars bristling with spikes to deflate vehicle tyres in an attempt to stop motorists alleged to have committed a traffic offence risk up to 10 years in jail, legal experts warned yesterday. Zimbabwe in 2004 enacted a criminal law re-enacting ...
Does Zim need all these roadblocks? 2 March 2017 HARARE - Reports this week that over 10 000 tourists have complained about the numerous police roadblocks in Zimbabwe and the rough treatment they received from the uniformed forces is a matter of national concern. This does not only put a dent on the tourism industry — one of the few sectors ...
Tourists rubbish Zim police, roads 1 March 2017 HARARE - In yet another major setback for Zimbabwe's international standing, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) yesterday released a damning report in which 10 000 tourists complained about the police — with 500 of them promising never to return to the country again, citing harassm...
Motorists get spot fines relief 25 February 2017 HARARE - In a major development that will give relief to thousands of motorists who complain about the random and unrelenting harassment at roadblocks, police have admitted that they have no right to force drivers to pay spot fines. This followed a High Court ruling on Wednesday which establis...
Vocal Mnangagwa ally remains jailed 24 February 2017 HARARE - Outspoken former Zanu PF youth leader for Mashonaland Central Godfrey Tsenengamu — who is facing serious charges of attempting to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government — was denied bail by a Harare magistrate yesterday. Tsenengamu was remanded in custody to March 9 and advised ...
Hike spot fines: Chihuri 24 February 2017 HARARE - Government must steeply hike spot fines to make them more punitive to stem road crime and carnage, police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri said yesterday. The police chief told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development — which was touring...
Govt hammers Mnangagwa's supporters 22 February 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF's deadly tribal, factional, and succession wars rose a notch higher yesterday after the government cracked down on some of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's supporters, with police arresting former ruling party youth official Godfrey Tsenengamu over his Harare press conference ...
'Cops have no revenue targets' 21 February 2017 HARARE - The only target police officers have is how many small vehicles, trucks or buses they have searched and not revenue targets, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has told Parliament. This comes after Bulawayo Metropolitan MDC MP Dorothy Bhebhe asked whether it was government p...
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...
'Moyo, Gandawa scuttling trial' 16 February 2017 HARARE - The State yesterday made sensational claims that Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa — accused of embezzling more than $400 000 funds — were responsible for stalling progress to have their co-accused prosecuted. This was said by prosecut...
Govt struggles to complete CID HQ 15 February 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's stone-broke government is struggling to complete the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)'s headquarters (HQ) because of financial constraints, the Senate heard last week. The building has been under construction for more than a decade. Local Government...