Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Ex-Zimra boss says can’t afford $5,000 bail; in court over $12m tax agency fleece

By Court Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) boss Gershem Pasi appeared in court Thursday over a software deal which reportedly prejudiced the tax agency of about $12 million. Pasi, 59, was charged with criminal abuse of office when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe. Prosecutors demanded $5,000 cash as well as immovable property worth

Simba Chikore (left) and wife Bona (centre) arrive for the court hearing

Mugabe son-in-law’s freedom bid flops, trial date set

By Court Reporter FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law unsuccessfully challenged his continued remand Wednesday after being told he was to be jointly charged with a former Air Zimbabwe security guard. Simba Chikore, 41, is answering unlawful detention charges before Harare magistrate Elisha Singano. On Wednesday he sought to be removed from remand saying his case

Francis Gudyanga

Court allows fraud accused ex-permanent secretary foreign travel

By Court Reporter A HARARE court recently granted an application by fraud accused former permanent secretary for the release of his passport in order to travel abroad. Former permanent secretary for the ministry of mines Francis Gudyanga, 69, told court that he needed to travel to Benin for a conference. He is facing two counts

Court bails Mthwakazi activist arrested for pointing at Mnangagwa portrait

By AFP A BULAWAYO court freed on bail a man detained for insulting the president while testifying before a commission probing the fatal shooting of six civilians during post-election protests in August, lawyers said on Monday. Prosecutors said Wisdom Mkwananzi, 32, pointed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s official portrait hung on the wall of a hall

Chinese bosses beat up employee for refusing to use own phone for work

By Staff Reporter A Masvingo man sustained a fractured rib when two Chinese nationals who are his employers attacked him after he refused an order to use his personal money in topping up airtime meant for work related calls. However, the trial the accused duo – Xiang Bo (26) and Xu Qinghong (43) – failed

Zesa chief executive and senior managers arrested over $35m fraud

By Staff Reporter AS the clampdown on corruption continues, police have arrested power utility Zesa Holdings chief executive officer Josh Chifamba in a raid that also netted two senior executives at subsidiary entity the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). A police statement said Chifamba, ZETDC managing director Julian Chinembiri and finance director Thoko

Blind man in court for rape; victim fell pregnant

By Staff Reporter A BLIND Bulawayo man appeared before a city magistrate Thursday charged with raping a roommate who resultantly fell pregnant. Makove Zakaria was charged with unlawfully and intentionally having sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent. Court heard that Zakaria resides at room number 18 Burombo Flats in Bulawayo together with the

MDC vice president Morgen Komichi

MDC vice president Komichi to go on trial next month

By Court Reporter The trial of MDC vice president Morgen Komichi’s on charges of violating the country’s electoral laws is set to commence early next month. Komichi was hauled before the courts after he allegedly interrupted the 2018 election results announcement by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). The opposition politician is being represented by Jeremiah Bamu

School head jailed 18 years for raping orphaned teen

By Mary Taruvinga HARARE: A primary school headmaster has been jailed 18 years for raping a 13-year-old orphan who lives at Makumbe Children’s Home. Silas Chitate was convicted after a full trial during which prosecutor Venencia Mutake proved that the school head committed the offence at his house on June 22 this year. Chitate will

Maziwisa-Pambuka fraud trial: Court to inspect ZBC

By Mary Taruvinga A HARARE magistrate is due to inspect the state-owned broadcaster ZBC in the ongoing fraud trial of an ex-employee Oscar Pambuka and former Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa. The inspection is scheduled for September 18. Maziwisa and Pambuka jointly own a company called Fruitful Communications through which they are charged with defrauding

Psychology Maziwisa (left) and Oscar Pambuka (far right)

Pambuka, Maziwisa fraud trial postponed

By Court Reporter THE fraud trial of former broadcaster Oscar Pambuka and ex-Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa was Thursday deferred to a later day with State’s consent. The two are accused of swindling Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of $12,000 through their company Fruitful communications firm after they claimed payments for public relations programmes supposedly carried

Last Maengehama with Yvonne Musaraurwa and Tungamirai Madzokere on Sunday

CHIKURUBI: Jailed MDC-T cop killers say neglected by opposition party 

By Staff Reporter TWO MDC-T activists serving 20-year jail terms each for killing a police officer have accused the opposition party of neglecting them. Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere were, together with Yvonne Musaraurwa, convicted in September 2016 for the murder of ZRP Inspector Petros Mutedzi in Harare’s Glen View area back in 2012. Musarurwa

Harare duo nabbed over $200,000 fraud

By Court Reporter A HARARE man and woman are in trouble after they allegedly fleeced a local company of US$85,927 and 95,000 Rands in a botched commodity broking deal. Euginia Mushanyu, 54, and Charles Kalasawo, 43, recently appeared before Harare magistrate Milton Serima facing fraud charges. They were remanded out of custody on $200 bail