Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Magistrate acquitted on bashing, kidnapping maid claims

Bulawayo Correspondent Esigodini resident magistrate, Tawanda Muchemwa, who has been facing charges of kidnapping and assaulting his housemaid, was on Wednesday acquitted of both charges. Harare regional magistrate, Lucy-Anne Mugwari who presided over the case at Tredgold Magistrates court in Bulawayo, ruled that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the state witnesses’ testimonies. “The

Wicknell Chivayo

Chivayo trial stalls as State fails to subpoena accomplice

By Mary Taruvinga CONTROVERSIAL businessman, Wicknell Chivayo’s trial failed to commence for umpteenth time with the State indicating that they are failing to serve his co-accused with summons. The State successfully applied that Chivayo be jointly charged with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) former board chairperson, Stanely Kazhanje who allegedly received a $10 000 bribe from

$US168k fraud accused ZMDC bosses trial commences

By Mary Taruvinga ZIMBABWE Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) acting general manager Luke Akino (57) and former board chair David Murangari (72) Tuesday told court that the mining company was responsible for the charges they are facing. The two are being accused of corruptly awarding a $168 000 consultancy services deal to Mashungupa and Muhita Engineering

Jail break attempt: Gumbura files High Court appeal against magistrate’s ruling

By Mary Taruvinga JAILED cleric Robert Martin Gumbura, together with six other inmates on charges of attempting a prison break, on Monday approached the High Court seeking stay of proceedings in their prolonged trial. This comes after Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo dismissed their application for discharge at the close of State’s case. Gumbura, Independent End

NatPharm boss seeks acquittal

By Mary Taruvinga National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) managing director Newman Madzikwa is seeking relief after the State closed its case against him. Madzikwa is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly hiked drug handling fees by 11 percent and corruptly awarded a $10 million tender to a Danish medicines’ supplier. He applied for

Fraud accused ZPC boss walks free

By Mary Taruvinga ZIMBABWE Power Company (ZPC) secretary and legal advisor Norah Tsitsi Tsomondo Thursday walked out of court a free woman after she was acquitted for concealing a transaction from her principals in a $1 billion Hwange expansion tender. Harare magistrate Lucy Mungwari found her not guilty after the State closed its case recently.

Diamond company boss up for tender fraud, freed on $2 000 bail

By Mary Taruvinga Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZMDC) chief executive officer Morris Mpofu was Wednesday dragged to court on allegations of recommending a blacklisted convict to buy diamonds from government’s Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ). Mpofu appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko who released him on $2 000 bail. He was also ordered to

Bulawayo man (52) kills lover over text messages

Bulawayo Correspondent A 52-year-old Bulawayo man has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend over text messages that were found in the deceased’s mobile phone. Absolom Ndlovu of 30570/2 Entumbane was set to appear before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi on Wednesday facing murder charges but prison officers failed to bring him to court for reasons

Ex-Minister David Parirenyatwa

State witness declared hostile after supporting graft accused ex-minister

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER National Pharmaceutical Company board chair, George Washaya is in trouble after he gave a testimony exonerating former Health Minister, David Parirenyatwa who is accused of appointing his relative the parastatal managing director. Washaya was impeached after prosecutor Brian Vito made an application complaining that his testimony was crumbling the State’s case.

Frank Buyanga

Buyanga, ex’s child fight spills into High Court

By Mary Taruvinga SOUTH Africa based Zimbabwean businessman, Frank Buyanga, who is embroiled in a fight over guardianship of his son with an ex-lover, has taken his case to the High Court. Buyanga is now seeking joint guardianship rights and at the same time, he has written a letter to police Commissioner General, Godwin Matanga

Supa Mandiwanzira

Mandiwanzira demands apology from PG Hodzi

By Mary Taruvinga Former Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira has demanded an apology from Prosecutor General (PG) Kumbirai Hodzi, for “misleading” the public into the belief he was corruptly acquitted by the High Court. The Zanu PF Nyanga South legislator was responding to an application in which the PG is seeking rescission of

Moses Nigel Jalasi

Killer cop to stay behind bars

By Mary Taruvinga A HARARE junior police officer who allegedly raped his teenage stepdaughter before killing her in cold blood was hauled before the courts on Monday facing murder charges. Moses Nigel Jalasi (27) appeared before a Harare magistrate who advised him to apply for bail at the High Court as he was facing a

Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi

PG requests Buyanga baby mama’s docket “for management”

By Mary Taruvinga PROSECUTOR General (PG), Kumbirai Hodzi is currently handling the docket in which Frank Buyanga Saiqi’s girlfriend faces contempt of court charges after she reportedly refused to hand over their child’s passport. Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa told court on Friday that “The PG has requested for the docket for further management.” Buyanga’s ex-girlfriend, Chantelle

Stuck: Former ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has had a request to have his passport released rejected

Mandiwanzira application for passport dismissed

By Mary Taruvinga HARARE Regional Magistrate Elijah Makomo has dismissed an application by former Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira who was seeking the release of his passport. Mandiwanzira stands accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly appointed his personal assistant, Tawanda Chinembiri to Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz)

MDC deputy treasurer general Chalton Hwende

Hwende’s bid for freedom hits brickwall, complains arrest based on speculation

By Mary Taruvinga MDC Kuwadzana East MP, Chalton Hwende’s bid for freedom flopped after Harare Magistrate Babra Mateko dismissed his application against further remand saying it was too early for him to complain. Hwende is facing charges of subversion related to the January violent protests that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government contends were funded by Western

A Harare Magistrate has acquitted an opposition MDC MP accused of providing a false address ahead of general elections last year

Fraud accused MDC legislator acquitted

By Mary Taruvinga MDC MP for Mount Pleasant, Samuel Banda could not hide his joy after he was acquitted of presenting a false residential address to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) before last year’s general elections. Banda walked out of court a free man, after Harare Magistrate Learnmore Mapiye acquitted him at the close of

Wicknell Chivayo's troubles with the law take twist

Fresh trouble for Chivayo as State seeks joint charge with bribe receiver

By Mary Taruvinga CONTROVERSIAL businessman, Wicknell Chivayo’s court woes are refusing to go away after the State indicated it now wants to jointly charged him with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) former board chairperson, Stanely Kazhanje. Kazhanje stands accused of receiving a US$10 000 bribe from the Intrateck director. Chivayo is facing bribery charges after he

Francis Gidyanga

Ex-top bureaucrat Gudyanga freedom bid flops

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Mines and Mining Development permanent secretary, Francis Gudyanga’s attempt to avoid trial hit a brick wall on Monday after a Harare Magistrate ruled there was reasonable suspicion that a crime was committed. He is facing fraud charges after he allegedly defrauded the Mineral Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) of US$1 629