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Politburo meeting postponed again

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george charambaHarare Bureau
THE Zanu-PF Politburo meeting which had been scheduled for today has been moved to tomorrow because the party’s First Secretary and President, Cde Mugabe, has other engagements.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba yesterday said President Mugabe would be presiding over a graduation ceremony at the Harare Institute of Technology.

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‘Sharon Macheso gave husband STI’

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MACHESO SHARONTendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
SUNGURA ace Alick Macheso’s daughter Sharon allegedly infected her husband of two months Kudakwashe Munetsi with a sexually transmitted disease a few days before their wedding in August, while wedding gifts and $10,000 in cash went to the Macheso family.
Munetsi filed opposing papers at the Chitungwiza Civil...

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President Mugabe an icon: Britain

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe

Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau
NEWLY accredited British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, has described President Mugabe as an iconic world figure whom she was excited to meet in person once she landed in the country.
Laing presented her credentials to President Mugabe at State House early this month before they held a...

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Mphoko caught in land-grab storm

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Cde Phelekezela Mphoko

Cde Phelekezela Mphoko

Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
FORMER Zimbabwe Ambassador to Botswana and South Africa Phelekezela Mphoko is locked in a protracted legal wrangle with a Bulawayo firm, Terridan Motors (Pvt) Ltd, over a farm which Umguza Rural District Council allegedly fraudulently repossessed from the company and re-allocated to the...

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DJs shortchange fans: Sifelani

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KELVIN SIFELANIBongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
POPULAR radio DJ Kelvin “The Soul Supreme” Sifelani says revellers at nightspots are being shortchanged as DJs nowadays are taking the profession lightly, something which is compromising their acts.
The UK-based DJ who is on holiday in Zimbabwe said the entertainment industry back in the day was sophisticated...

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Defence Forces complete $460k housing project

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Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
THE Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has handed over 60 houses constructed under its Benefit Fund (BF) project, which targets improved access to decent accommodation to serving members and their dependents.
Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda officially handed over the...

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Shangano festival roars to life

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
THE eighth edition of the Shangano Arts Festival roars to life in Lupane today with the Minister of Arts, Sports and Culture, Andrew Langa, expected to open the event.
The three-day arts festival, running under the theme “celebrating cultural diversity”, will bring artistes within the Matabeleland region tog...

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First Lady rally disruptor to undergo mental exam

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Thandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A ZANU-PF supporter who was arraigned before the courts for allegedly disrupting First Lady Grace Mugabe’s Bulawayo rally by grabbing a microphone was yesterday remanded to the custody of his parents so he undergoes a mental examination.
Emmanuel Muzorera appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate Sibongile Msipa...

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Magistrate scolds delinquent teenager’s parents

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Lethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A Bulawayo magistrate on Monday reprimanded an estranged couple over their 14-year-old delinquent child who dropped out of school when he was in Grade Seven.
Magistrate Tinashe Tashaya reprimanded Thembelani Moyo and Glen Moyo during their maintenance case hearing after they indicated that their eldest child was no...

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Gweru council workers strike

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Lovemore Zigara Midlands Correspondent
GWERU City Council workers yesterday staged a sit in protest over outstanding salaries. The cash-strapped council has not paid its workers for the past three months.
Secretary of the Gweru Chapter of the Zimbabwe Council Workers Union, Kudakwashe Munengiwa, chose to be diplomatic when Chronicle sought comment.

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Courts can’t pass death penalty: judge

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CHARLES HUNGWE JUSTICEDaniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
The High Court cannot impose the death penalty on murderers in Zimbabwe until the legislature enacts a law spelling out the circumstances under which one can be hanged, Justice Charles Hungwe has said.
The landmark ruling spared Jonathan Mutsinze of the Jerusalem Church of Marondera the hangman’s noose for killing a p...

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President hails Catholics on gays

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President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Mabasa Sasa recently in Vatican
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday said he “applauded” the decision of a Synod of Bishops that overwhelmingly maintained the Roman Catholic’s opposition to homosexuality, despite pressure to recognise so-called gay rights.
The gay debate is likely to be discussed again at another meeting of Catholic...

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Makamba faces Telecel ouster

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JAMES MAKAMBA

JAMES MAKAMBA

Daniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
TELECEL chairman James Makamba faces ouster after one of the company’s shareholders — the Zimbabwe National Miners Association – filed a High Court application seeking a fresh leadership election.
ZNMA is one of the three indigenous organisations that formed the Empowerment Corporation for purposes...

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Woman, 73, ‘kills’ hubby in domestic dispute

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murderThandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A 73-year-old woman from North End suburb in Bulawayo reportedly killed her husband of 33 years at the weekend following a domestic dispute, a court heard yesterday.
Cecilia Muneri had to be restrained by a relative who found her on top of her husband, Takaidzwa Muneri, 77, on Sunday.

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Miss Zim in Bulawayo for dance lessons

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Catherine Makaya

Catherine Makaya

Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
MISS Zimbabwe, Catherine Makaya, is in Bulawayo where she is being taught how to dance as she prepares for the Miss World beauty pageant to be held on December 14 in London, England.
Yesterday, Makaya met multi-award winning Iyasa dance group at the Entumbane Hall and spent the greater part of...

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Zima, Culture Indaba to run concurrently

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Showbiz Correspondent
ORGANISERS of the Arts and Culture Indaba and the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) have agreed that their events run concurrently as measures have been put in place to ensure the two events run successfully.
The annual Arts and Culture Indaba will be held in Bulawayo and the Zimas will be held in Harare on October 29.

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‘Psycho’ kills patient, nurses flee hospital rampage

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Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
A MENTALLY ill man admitted to Filabusi District Hospital struck and killed another patient who was admitted at the same hospital using handcuffs before turning on nurses and other patients who had to run for dear life, a Bulawayo High Court heard yesterday.
Sindiso Moyo, 25, who was once admitted at...

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Man, father-in-law fight over 50 cents

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Thubelihle Mabhena Court Reporter
A MAN and his son-in-law exchanged blows yesterday after a Maintenance Court hearing following a misunderstanding over a 50 cents contribution from each of them towards photocopying the latter’s daughter’s birth certificate
Josphat Gweme, a soldier, was ordered by magistrate Sheunesu Matova to pay his...

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I steal for a living, woman tells court

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Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
A SHOPLIFTER who stole groceries worth $114 from TM Supermarket in Victoria Falls left a magistrate speechless when she said she steals from shops for a living.
Mayibongwe Nkomo, 35, a single mother of four, from Mkhosana Township, told Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani that she stole because she...

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Top cop conviction quashed

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Daniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
TOP police officer Assistant Commissioner Gideon Baloyi, who was last year jailed nine months for corruptly facilitating the release of a fraud suspect was yesterday cleared of any wrong-doing by the High Court.
Baloyi, who was a staff officer at the Police General Headquarters in Harare was jailed by magistrate...

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‘Opposition parties defence of Mujuru confirms alliance’

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Vice President Mujuru

Vice President Mujuru

Harare Bureau—
OPPOSITION functionaries exposed by First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe for having links with Vice-President Joice Mujuru have sprung to her defence, in a move that critics say is confirmation of the illicit relationship the VP has with them. This comes as political analysts have rapped MDC-T spokesperson Douglas...

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Zanu-PF Politburo meeting moved to Thursday

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Cde Gumbo

Cde Gumbo

Harare Bureau
THE Zanu-PF Politburo meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Thursday. Party spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo confirmed the change yesterday.  “The Politburo meeting will now be held on Thursday to make way for the Cabinet meeting that will be held on Wednesday,” Cde Gumbo said. He could not divulge the agenda...

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Sharon blames hubby’s violent behaviour on drugs

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sharonHarare Bureau
SUNGURA star Alick Macheso’s daughter Sharon has revealed that her husband of two months Kudakwashe Munetsi smokes mbanje and drinks broncklin (popularly known as bronco), which results in him becoming violent towards her. Sharon said this in her application for a protection order against Munetsi at the Chitungwiza Civil Court yesterd...

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Bulawayo-Vic Falls passenger train derails, no casualties

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NRZ trainMpumelelo Nyoni Chronicle Reporter
PASSENGERS aboard the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls train got a scare on Sunday night after two coaches derailed near Mpopoma train station in Bulawayo.  Witnesses told Chronicle that there was commotion as passengers screamed in fear. They said passengers in the coaches scrambled out through windows. National Railways...

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LSU honours the late Dr Bhala

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Dr Maclean Mackson Bhala

Dr Maclean Mackson Bhala

Mthokozisi Dube
THE Lupane State University has decided to honour the institution’s late Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Maclean Mackson Bhala by naming a hostel after him. The honour follows his immense contribution in taking the university from an entity without classrooms or hostels, with an initial enrolment of 12 students to...

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Man assaults soldier, cops over girlfriend

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Midlands Reporter
A Gweru man allegedly went berserk and stoned police officers who had come to arrest him for assaulting a soldier over a girlfriend.  Kudakwashe Sidube, 27, of Mkoba Village 14 teamed up with two of his friends who are at large in pelting the law officers. Sidube appeared before Gweru magistrate Vimbai Makora on Saturday facing c...

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Suicide Grade 7 pupil’s mother hospitalised

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Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporter
THE MOTHER of the 12 year-old boy who hanged himself on Sunday in Emganwini collapsed yesterday and was hospitalised at Mpilo Hospital after suffering from shock. Ferdinand Makonye, a Grade Seven pupil at Senzangakhona Primary School committed suicide by hanging using a scarf in his mother’s bedroom and relatives are...

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Mliswa fails to pay $3 million loan

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Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
CBZ Bank Limited has taken Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman, Cde Temba Mliswa to court over a $2,7 million debt, emanating from loans advanced to the politician’s tobacco company, to buy the crop in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The commercial bank lent Cde Mliswa’s Saltlakes Holdings, money to purc...

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77-year-old held for stocktheft

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
A 77-year-old, suspected stock thief, has been arrested by police in Beitbridge, for stealing and slaughtering a cow in a bush, near the 40km peg along the Beitbridge-Masvingo road.
Fire Sylvester Mabasa, of no fixed abode, was yesterday dragged before Beitbridge magistrate, Innocent Bepura, charged with one count...

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Sponsors shun Miss Earth Zimbabwe

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
MISS Earth Zimbabwe pageant organisers bemoan lack of support from the corporate world. Thandekile Muringa, former Miss Zimbabwe US and Miss Earth Zimbabwe who runs the event, said few companies had committed themselves to assisting in the preparations for the Miss Earth grand finale on November 15 in the...

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