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Top Zanu-PF officials arrested

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Top Zanu-PF officials arrested

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

Lovemore Mataire and Elita Chikwati Harare Bureau
TOP Zanu-PF officials were yesterday arrested for allegedly defrauding more than 15,000 farmers of their hard-earned cash through a dubious input scheme.Police arrested Zanu-PF national youth league director Cde Tapiwa Zengeya and Patience Chipere — one...

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Nurses shortage hits Bulawayo

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nursesAuxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
BULAWAYO City Council clinics are operating with 62 percent of the required nursing staff, compromising the delivery of essential health services.The city’s Deputy Chief Nursing officer, Catherine Banana, said the staff shortage had led to nurses on duty being overloaded with work.
Banana said this at the...

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Council request for $12m loan approved

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US DollarsPatrick Chitumba  Senior Reporter
THE government has approved Bulawayo City Council’s request to borrow $12 million to fund the upgrading of its sewer and water reticulation infrastructure.The municipality intends to borrow the money from banks. The money will be used, among other things, to fund the repair of broken down pipes and the general...

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Atrocious makeup comments depress Miss Zim

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Miss Zim Tendai Hunda is met by friends on arrival from the Miss World contest

Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
MISS Zimbabwe representative at the Miss World contest Tendai Bongani Hunda yesterday said Zimbabweans were too harsh in their criticism of her makeup as she felt she looked stunning during the competition.Hunda returned home from the...

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Fired cop beats up ex-colleague over debt

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nyundoPlaxcedes Hove  Court Reporter
A POLICE officer in Bulawayo who had just been fired from work vented his anger on a fellow officer by assaulting her for demanding $100 that he owed.Tichaona Charamba, 29, severely beat up Pamela Chibwana, 45, an assistant inspector based at Hillside Police Station on December 11 and neighbours had to come to her...

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Byo struggles with refuse collection

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Loveness Bepete Chronicle Reporter
BULAWAYO City Council is failing to cope with refuse collection due to a shortage of vehicles, forcing residents to resort to dumping litter.
According to the latest council minutes, the local authority was operating with only five reliable refuse vehicles instead of at least 25.The director of Health Services,...

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Female mbanje peddler jailed

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Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
TWO elderly women have appeared separately before a Plumtree magistrate facing charges of possessing mbanje.
They both pleaded not guilty but the magistrate, Livard Philemon, convicted them due to overwhelming evidence.Aliva Runhindi, 45, of New Lobengula suburb in Bulawayo, will spend the next nine months...

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‘Find other means of financing festivals’

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Simbarashe Mutizwa and Yoliswa Dube
NHIMBE Trust director Joseph Nyapimbi has challenged festival organisers to look into other ways of financing their activities instead of depending on grants.Speaking at the Ibumba Festival opening ceremony at Stanley Square, Makokoba, Nyapimbi said festival organisers in Zimbabwe were finding the going tough as...

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Fake jobs scam hits prison services

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Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has advised job seekers to ignore WhatsApp messages that have gone viral on the social networking platform claiming that the organisation was embarking on a massive recruitment drive for 2015.The advice follows a huge turnout by scores of job seekers at...

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Biko arrives in Harare on protest march

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Showbiz Reporter
BIKO-MAXIMUS-MAPHOSA, the Bulawayo producer who embarked on a protest march from Bulawayo to Harare, arrived in the capital city yesterday morning.The producer, who is now the talk of the town for marching to create a spirit of transparency and unity of purpose in the arts industry, said he was protesting for change, especially...

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Traffic increases at Beitbridge border

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beitbridge borderThupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
THE volume of both human and vehicle traffic has started increasing at Beitbridge Border Post as many Zimbabweans based in South Africa start heading home for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The assistant regional immigration officer in charge of Beitbridge Border Post, Notius Tarisai, said although the numbers...

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Parly failed to declare former VP Mujuru’s seat vacant

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vp mujuruHarare Bureau
Parliament of Zimbabwe failed to declare Mt Darwin West parliamentary seat vacant 15 months down the line after the incumbent, former Vice-President Cde Joice Mujuru, ceased to represent the constituency when she assumed the post of VP on September 11 last year.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) Acting Chief Election Officer,...

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New appointees must deliver

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New appointees must deliver

President Mugabe flanked by the two Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and Phelekezela Mphoko at State House recently

PRESIDENT Mugabe after the successful hosting of the 6th Zanu-PF National People’s Congress swore in Vice Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko alongside seven ministers and one deputy minister with the a...

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Jah Prayzah opens up on stolen song l NACZ threatens to take action

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Jah Prayzah

Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Harare Bureau
CONTEMPORARY singer Jah Prayzah is under fire from all quarters after he was last week exposed as a copycat. As a result of the expose, there have been calls on social media networking sites for the Tsviriyo hit-maker to do the honourable thing and return the National Arts Merit Award (Nama) to the...

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Chicken Slice pulls down billboard

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Chicken Slice pulls down billboard

Chicken Slice succumbed to pressure and pulled down the billboard with misspelt words

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
HARARE fast food outlet, Chicken Slice, was yesterday forced to pull down one of its advertising displays at their new Bulawayo branch following an outcry from Bulawayo residents over misspelt basic isiNdebele words.

The food outlet...

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VP accident: Truck driver arrested

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VP Phelekezela Mphoko

David Shumba Harare Bureau
Police have arrested the driver of a pick-up truck that was involved in an accident with Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s official Mercedes Benz last week, ZRP National spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba has said.

This is contrary to private media reports that the accident...

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Volunteer cop killer nabbed at Zambia border

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Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
THE Binga man who allegedly axed a volunteer cop to death and kidnapped his wife and two-year-old son has been arrested attempting to escape into Zambia after evading police for three weeks.

Bongani Mudenda and his wife Sinikiwe Ndlovu were arrested last week at Mlibizi attempting to cross the Zambezi River into...

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Divorcee’s maintenance bid flops

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Lethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A second attempt by a Bulawayo woman to get maintenance from her former husband failed yesterday despite her plea that she is of ill health.

Sinqobile Mabhena of Mahatshula suburb who wants to be paid $100 a month, said because of her ill health she will never get married again.

Mabhena insists that Dumisani Zulu...

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Police, Fire Brigade in wild goose chase

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Nqobile Tshili/ Loveness Bepete Chronicle Reporters
THE Bulawayo emergency services consisting of the Fire Brigade, ambulances and police were yesterday sent on a wild goose chase after receiving a false alarm that a National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) passenger train had derailed near Cement Side on the outskirts of the city.

After receiving the...

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JB Sibanda gets longer remand

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Jabulani Sibanda

Harare Bureau
Former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda, who is accused of insulting President Mugabe, was given a long remand to February 27 pending determination of his application to the Constitutional Court.

Sibanda, through his lawyer Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, successfully applied to have the case referred to the Constitutional...

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Pastor acquitted of raping niece

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Rape3Thubelihle Mabhena Court Reporter
AN Umguza pastor who was facing allegations of turning his niece into a sex slave until she fell pregnant was yesterday acquitted of rape. Lemison Moyo, 33, was over the moon when regional Magistrate Chrispen Mberewere said it was clear that he had consensual sex with his 17-year-old Form Three niece on several...

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Ibumba roars into life

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Oliver Mutukudzi

Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
THE week-long Ibumba Festival comes to life in Bulawayo today with superstar Oliver Mtukudzi expected to headline the event. An opening ceremony for the festival, which ends on December 22, will be held at Stanley Square in Makokoba tonight.

The festival, running under the theme “No Limits”, will be...

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GUARD LEFT FOR DEAD

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GUARD LEFT FOR DEAD

A police officer escorts a man who was injured during a fight at the Soweto end of Barbourfields Stadium during the Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games closing ceremony in Bulawayo on Sunday

Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
A VICTORIA Falls town council security guard has been hospitalised after he was attacked in a foiled robbery last Friday. The...

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Cop loses $10k adultery lawsuit

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american-dollarsLethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO police officer has lost a $10,000 adultery claim against her husband’s married lover, who is also a cop, after a magistrate ruled that her marriage allows her partner to be in a polygamous relationship.

Catherine Diba, of Tshabalala, dragged Emillia Kumbirai to the Civil Court seeking $5,000 for loss of...

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Man catches wife in bed with boy, 15

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Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
A ZVISHAVANE man walked in on his 60-year-old wife having sex with a 15-year-old boy on their matrimonial bed, leaving their marriage of 31 years on the rocks.

The incident which left villagers of Chimurenga-Chrome Dry in Neta tongue-tied happened on Saturday at around 9PM.

Villagers said the lovebirds had been...

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Pathisa Nyathi cheats death

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Nokusa Masuku Chronicle Reporter
A man died along Kezi road when a car he was travelling in veered off the road and hit a tree. The vehicle was driven by renowned historian Pathisa Nyathi

Tha Lunga, an employee at Amagugu International Heritage Centre owned by Nyathi, died later at Nathisa Clinic while the cultural fundi cheated death by a whisker...

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Peekay unveils Busy Signal project

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
MUSICIAN Patrick Kahlari, famously known as Peekay who recorded a duet with Jamaican star Busy Signal in May this year, has released the video for the song on social media sharing site YouTube.

The video, titled Show Me Love, was recorded in the United States and Jamaica and has already amassed 400 views in its...

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Passenger association wants to wipe out touts

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Patrick Chitumba Senior Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Passenger Operations Association (ZPOA) has said its working to wipe out touts from Bulawayo to bring sanity at bus termini and relief to both passengers and operators.

The touts who are a law unto themselves sometimes harass travellers, use foul language and urinate in public places

ZPOA chairperson...

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HIV+ lover killer arrested

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Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
POLICE have arrested a married man who allegedly beat his girlfriend to death while forcing two children aged seven and 10 to watch. Farai Maphosa, 35, of Mayobodo area in Mangwe, was arrested on Saturday evening while trying to skip the country into neighbouring Botswana through an illegal crossing point...

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President begins annual vacation

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Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe left Harare yesterday for his annual holiday in the Far East. The President is expected back in Zimbabwe in mid-January.

In his absence, Vice President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is the acting President.

VP Mnangagwa took his oath of office before President Mugabe last Friday along with VP Phelekezela Mphoko...

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