Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Tafadzwa Muguti

High Court Reverses Govt’s Threats To Shutdown NGOs

By Mary Taruvinga THE High Court Friday granted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which were facing an imminent ban, an interim relief after suspending a directive by the government to stop operating if they failed to tow new state directives. The threat to shut the NGOs was issued by Harare Provincial Development Coordinator Tafadzwa Muguti last July.

Sheila Chisirimunhu

High Court Quashes Conviction, Sentence Of Demonstrating Masvingo Teacher

By Mary Taruvinga MASVINGO-based teacher, Sheila Chisirimunhu (53) who was jailed for 16 months after participating in a demonstration against teachers’ poor salaries is now a free woman after her conviction and sentence were set aside. Judges sitting at the Masvingo High Court, justices Sunsley Zisengwe and Garainesu Mawadze Wednesday 15  quashed the conviction and 16-months imprisonment of

Dexter Nduna

Court Dismisses Nduna’s Attempts To Grab Gold Mine

By Mary Taruvinga HIGH Court judge Justice David Mangota has dismissed an application by Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna in which he sought to be declared the lawful owner of Danly Mine. The lawmaker had sued RioZim Private Limited for grabbing his lucrative gold mine in Chakari. Nduna told the High Court in an urgent chamber application RioZim had

Police Armoury Boss Denied Bail As 55 Rifles Go Missing

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE High Court has quashed a bail application pending appeal by Chinhoyi police armoury officer-in-charge Inspector Clive Kadambure, Edmore Manuwere, former police officer Wonder Kwaramba, and Patrick Chirara, facing charges of smuggling ammunition out of the country. High Court judge, Justice Benjamin Chikowero last week ruled the quartet was

Manageress Jailed 15 Months For Stealing US$1 900 From Friend

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A CHINHOYI-based driving school female manager has been sentenced to a custodial jail term for stealing US$1 900 from her colleague’s house. Margaret Makosa aged 27 of Gunhill suburb in Chinhoyi was Wednesday slapped with 15 months imprisonment for unlawful entry. However, Makosa, who pleaded not guilty, had three

The late Joyce Kuzhumbwa

ZUPCO Conductor Killer Suspect Remanded In Custody

By Mary Taruvinga A 35-year-old Harare man, Champion Marowa,  accused of shooting a Zimbabwe Passengers Company (ZUPCO)  bus conductor, Joyce Kuzhumbwa (22) has been arraigned before a Harare magistrate facing murder charges. Marowa was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Dennis Mangosi. The magistrate remanded him in custody to September 30 and

Zimra Sued US$23k By Former Employee

By Mary Taruvinga Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) is being sued US$23, 000 by it’s former employee Donald Duruza for unlawful dismissal and wrongful arrest. Duruza also cited his former superiors, Betty Chimbera and Gibson Mavundutse as second and third respondents in the summons. He told the High that Mavundutse made false allegations against him which

Drug Mule Jailed 12 Years

By Mary Taruvinga SOUTH African drug mule, Shila Khumalo, has been slapped with 12- year imprisonment for unlawful possession of cocaine. Khumalo was convicted in May by chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi. She will however serve 10 years effective after two years of her sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour. The drug peddler fainted

Armed Robbers Raid Gokwe Couple, Steal Cash From Cattle Sale

By Staff Reporter ARMED robbers pounced on a Gokwe midnight Sunday and made off with US$700 they had realised from the sale of two cattle. Midlands police provincial spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the incident saying: “We are investigating a case of Robbery where a 41 year old male adult was robbed of cash by three

Supreme Court Quashes High Court Ruling Ordering NSSA To Pay Molai US$22 million

By Mary Taruvinga THE Supreme Court has reversed a High Court judgement forcing the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to pay US$22 million to tycoon Adam Molai’s Housing Corporation of Zimbabwe (HCZ) for breach of contract. In an ex-tempore ruling granted Monday, Supreme Court judges Justices Susan Mavangira, Tendai Uchena and Felistus Chatukuta dismissed the

ZESA Copper Cables Thieves Jailed 40 Years

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent TWO habitual thieves, who targeted copper cables used in transmission of electricity by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), have been sentenced to a total of 40 years imprisonment. Mashonaland West regional magistrate, Ignatius Mugova slapped the duo of Noah Ndhlovu (28) and Brian Phiri (29) with the maximum

Woman Teams Up With Sister, Friend To Kill Boyfriend

NewsDay A HARARE woman allegedly teamed up with her sister and friend to fatally assault her boyfriend following an alteration. Rhoda Mbofana (36), along with her younger sister, Esther Mbofana (18) and Fearless Manuere (20) on Saturday appeared before Harare magistrate Shane Kubonera charged with murder. They were advised to apply for bail at the

Cops Demand Sex From Sex Workers Breaking Covid Curfew

By Stephen Tsamba COMMERCIAL sex workers in Mashonaland East province have accused police officers of extorting bribes or sexual favours in order for them to operate after curfew hours. According to the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) August monthly monitoring report, a number of commercial sex workers operating after stipulated curfew hours in Marondera and Mutoko

Fadzayi Mahere

Mahere, Six Others Freed For Staging Anti-Govt Protests

By Mary Taruvinga Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje has freed MDC Alliance spokeswoman, Fadzai Mahere and six other activists who got arrested for taking part in anti-government protests on July 1 last year. Mahere was removed from remand together with Jessica and Simon Drury, Tinashe Murapata,  Nyasha Musandi, Tinotendwa Muswe, and Jasper Lotter following the state’s

Bogus Travel Agent Cons Couple US$4 000 Seeking Poland Visas

By Mary Taruvinga A SUSPECTED fraudster who conned a Harare couple of US$3 900 after misrepresenting she was a travel agent and would facilitate a visa to travel to Poland appeared in court Thursday. Patience Chidavaenzi (25) appeared before Harare Magistrate Judith Taruvinga facing fraud charges. She was not asked to plead and was granted $10 000 bail.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Monica Mutsvangwa Sued For Spying On Citizens

By Mary Taruvinga INFORMATION Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has been dragged to court for enacting a Statutory Instrument (SI), which permits monitoring, recording, and storing of communications data between persons where at least one of the communicators is using a Zimbabwe number. Mutsvangwa is jointly sued with the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

Top Lawyer Found Guilty Of Misconduct

By James Muonwa THE Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has found top Kwekwe-based lawyer, James Magodora guilty of misconduct after he allegedly falsely claimed to have represented a client in a property dispute. The complainant in the matter is Kundai Nyamukondiwa, who is one of the scores of property owners at Sabonabona in Kadoma, who

Suspected Murderer On The Run After Killing Son, Axing Cops 

By Mashonaland East Correspondent TWO police officers based in Nyamapanda escaped death by a whisker after a suspect murderer, who they wanted to arrest for killing his two-year-old son, axed them in resistance. Stephen Nyakarenda (37), according to the police, fled from the scene after the axe attack on the law enforcers identified only as Constable