Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Former Natpharm boss ordered to surrender company vehicle  

By Staff Reporter Former Natpharm managing and operations manager, Zealous Nyabadza has been ordered by the High Court to surrender a Toyota Hilux, which he was given as his official vehicle during his time in office. This follows a successful court application by Natpharm following the termination of his employment. Nyabadza’s contract with the company

High Court awards US$38k to disabled accident victim  

By Staff Reporter An accident victim who became crippled in 2008 following the unfortunate incident has won a US$38 000 claim against a motorist who caused his present circumstances. Johnson Muchechesi had initially claimed US$82 000 being damages for bodily injury and US$2 000 for medical expenses from Kelvin Musimwa but the High Court settled at

Man jailed 3 years for murdering brother during fight over relish, escapes custodial sentence

By Staff Reporter Gweru High Court judge, Justice Evangelista Kabasa has jailed one Nkululeko Mabhena for three years following a conviction for killing his brother in cold blood after a dispute over relish. Mabhena however had his sentence wholly suspended conditionally. He appeared in court on a charge of murder but was convicted of a lesser charge after the court established that he had

Hatcliffe women jailed 9 months for assaulting ‘hubby snatcher’ in viral video

By Staff Reporter Four Hatcliffe women who assaulted another woman for “snatching” a man have been jailed for nine months each following their conviction last week. The four are Zelpa Kanduza, Natasha Kanduza, Fortunate Tembo and Olleyn Vinyungwi who were captured in a video that went viral on social media recently. The four were initially jailed for

Ruling in Biti’s assault case postponed to February 26

By Staff Reporter Harare magistrate has postponed ruling in opposition politician Tendai Biti assault case to next week after failing to finalise judgement on Thursday as expected. Biti is accused of assaulting Tatiana Aleshina, a businesswoman and investor in 2020. Judgement was initially set for Thursday but the magistrate said she is still going through bulky

Chicken Slice defrauded US$45k by accountant

By Staff Reporter Slice Distributors former accountant, Tinashe Zengenene (30) was Wednesday dragged to court charged with fraud after he allegedly diverted US$45 146 which was meant for suppliers. Zengenene appeared before Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi who granted him US$100 bail. He is expected back in court on March 19 for his routine remand. Prosecutors alleged that Zengenene through his

Epileptic man jailed 3 years for killing colleague who mocked his condition

By Staff Reporter A Harare man, Cleophas Kumire was jailed for three years following his conviction for killing a man who mocked him over his epileptic condition. Kumire was found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide by High Court Justice Munamato Mutevedzi who ruled that what the deceased did was uncalled for. He killed

Distress as hundreds in Masvingo and Manicaland face eviction from ancestral lands  

By Staff Reporter A fresh wave of eviction of villagers has hit Masvingo and Manicaland provinces where hundreds of families risk being homeless after the government ordered their evacuation. The matters have spilled to the courts where the villagers are seeking court orders barring their eviction. Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers (ZLHR) have come to the rescue of the

Hatcliff women in court for assaulting ‘husband snatcher’ in viral video

By Staff Reporter Five Hatcliff women who assaulted another woman for snatching a man have appeared in court pleading guilty to the allegations. The five Mitchel Kariwo, Zelpa Kanduza, Natasha Kanduza, Fortunate Tembo and Olleyn Vinyungwi were captured in a video that went viral on social media. Kariwo appeared in court on Friday while her accomplices were arraigned over the

Seedco wins US$1 million in breach of contract lawsuit

By Mary Taruvinga SEEDCO Pvt Ltd has won a US$1 million claim against Credcorp Investments (PVT)LTD being damages for breach of contract. The initial claim was U4$1 517 465 but was reduced to US$1 014 483-00 by an amendment to the summons and declaration at trial. Credcorp according to court documents is a registered company

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Police officers in court for extorting jailed radio personality who posed as CIO agent 

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent TWO female Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers stationed at Chinhoyi Central on Thursday appeared in court following their arrest for allegedly extorting Platinum FM radio presenter, Thandeka Hilda Chitombo facing charges of impersonation. Chitombo (30), also known as Ms Ndeka-T, was arrested last week for masquerading as a

VED examiners arrested for issuing driver’s licence to woman who never wrote test

By James Muonwa l Mashonaland West Correspondent THREE Vehicle Examination Department (VED) officials stationed at the Chinhoyi depot have been arrested for corruption after they awarded a licence to a prospective driver without her even going to the testing centre. The trio of Gerald Chitete (39), Silas Mabasa Zamba (40) and Daniel Mhlanga (40) on Thursday appeared before Magistrate Archie Wochiwunga facing

Harare Institute of Technology software developer steals millions in fees scam

By Staff Reporter Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) software developer, Arnold Chifamba allegedly diverted student fees worth millions of local currency into his personal bank account. Chifamba, 26, appeared before Harare magistrate Nyaradzo Manokore charged with fraud. He was released on US $100 bail and will return to court on March 16 for his trial.

Bogus OPC officer arrested at court

By Staff Reporter A bogus officer from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) was arrested at the Harare Magistrates Court where he was appearing on other fraud allegations. John Chakahwanda (51) is accused of duping land seekers claiming that he was an official from the Lands Ministry and also the OPC. It is

Sikhala found guilty of communicating falsehoods, to be sentenced 16 Feb

By Staff Reporter Opposition politician Job Sikhala has been convicted of communicating falsehoods, just a week after his release from prison. This is his second conviction in two weeks. He was initially found guilty of inciting violence to avenge the death of slain opposition activist Moreblessing Ali but escaped jail after he was handed a

Businessman Levy Idana in court over US$1m Mbudzi interchange fraud

By Staff Reporter The director of Ledmart Investments (private) limited, Levy Idana (39) was Tuesday taken to court charged with fraud following his arrest on allegations of duping the government of close to US$1 million in a botched Mbudzi interchange deal. Idana appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei who granted him US$500 bail. He will be

Zanu PF security aide in court for assaulting Mnangagwa; fined US$200

By Staff Reporter A Harare man who claims to be a security aide at Zanu-PF headquarters appeared in court charged with assault after he attacked Tourism Deputy Minister Tongai Mnangagwa and Wellington Vengesai. Anthony Mwedziwendira (30) appeared before Harare Magistrate Apollonia Marutya who convicted him of assault at his guilty plea. He was fined US$200