Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Fake Land Cooperative Bosses In Court

By Ndatenda Njanike THE police have confirmed the arrest of two men who forged signatures in 2019 to secure possession of land for their cooperative. Livingstone Chikanga (56) and Eliah Hamandishe (55) have since appeared in court facing fraud charges. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Livingstone Chikanga (56) and Eliah Hamandishe (55)

‘Light sentence’ lands magistrate, prosecutor in soup

By Staff Reporter A CHIREDZI woman has filed a complaint against a local magistrate and prosecutor for allegedly conniving to hand what she found to be a lenient sentence to a soldier who bit off her nose. Violet Chauke filed the complaint against Rodgers Mawarire and prosecutor Doubt Phiri through the Judicial Service Commission (JSC)

Tsholotsho man headbutts, kills grandfather

By Matabeleland North Correspondent A TSHOLOTSHO man who killed his grandfather by head-butting him on the ear over an undisclosed issue has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for a lesser charge of culpable homicide. Thembinkosi Sibanda (33) of Sifungo Line under Chief Mahlathini pleaded not guilty to murder saying he had no intention

Takudzwa Ngadziore

Court ends month-long prison nightmare for student leader

By Costa Nkomo  High Court Judge Davison Foroma has freed Zimbabwe National Students Union leader Takudzwa Ngadziore on $5000 bai,  ending the student activist’s one month long incarceration. Foroma gave Ngadziore stringent bail conditions that include not coming within 500 mitres from Impala Car Rental premises, surrendering his passport to the clerk of court at

Inyathi man gets 20 years for killing fellow gambler

Matabeleland North Correspondent Hwange: A man from Inyathi in Matabeleland North has been jailed for 20 years for striking and killing his neighbour with an axe handle and bicycle chain following an argument during gambling. Reason Sibanda (24) of Village 2 Badala left Lovemore Nxumalo (28) for dead with multiple fractures on the head after

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

MSU student in soup for using ED cartoon character as WhatsApp status

By Bulawayo Correspondent A MALE Midlands State University (MSU) student, Tuesday appeared before a Bulawayo Provincial Magistrate facing charges of insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. This is after Victor Majoni (35) allegedly uploaded on his WhatsApp status a video status of a cartoon character with contents allegedly insulting the President. Majoni appeared before magistrate Munjanja facing

ZEC chairperson Priscilla Chigumba

Aspiring candidates sue govt over suspension of by-elections

By Robert Tapfumaneyi A group of aspiring candidates have approached the High Court seeking a declaratory order to the effect that the suspending of by-lections in Zimbabwe was unconstitutional. The aspiring candidates are Ellah Tayengwa (Kuwadzana East constituency), Moud Chinyerere (Highfield West), Agnes Togarepi (Highfield West), Gracious Matsunga (Mufakose), David Gwanzura (Glen View South Ward

Judge bars headman, councillor from evicting Plumtree widow

By Bulawayo Correspondent Bulawayo High Court Judge, Evangelista Kabasa has interdicted a Plumtree traditional leader and a councillor from evicting a widow, Manesi Ncube from her homestead. Headmen Madlambuzi, known as Fidzani Ndlovu and Hingwe ward councillor, Witness Ncube on August 2020 this year ordered Ncube to leave her village. She was being accused of

Godfrey Kurauone

MDC youth leader sues police for wrongful arrest

By Staff Reporter MDC Alliance youth leader and Ward 4 councillor, Godfrey Kurauone, who spent 45 days in remand prison before his acquittal, has written to the police notifying them of his intention to sue for wrongful arrest. He is demanding ZWL$500 000 being damages for unlawful and wrongful arrest, ZWL$800 000 for unlawful and

Judge suspends law that allows detention of persons with hearing, speech impairments

By Mary Taruvinga HIGH Court judge Esther Charewa has ordered the suspension of Section 193 of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA) which allows the detention of persons with listening and speech impairments or both after establishing this was unconstitutional. The law changing judgement followed an application by the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) seeking to

Godfrey Tsenengamu

Court denies Tsenengamu bail as ‘protection’ from stalkers

By Mary Taruvinga GODFREY Tsenengamu will continue languishing in jail after Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna Tuesday ruled that prison was currently the safest place for the former Zanu PF youth commissar who claims he was being trailed by strangers. Nduna denied Tsenengamu bail saying the court fears for his life if he is released from

No laughing matter...Sydney Chisi

Activist corners government over $17k damages

By Mary Taruvinga HOME Affairs and Finance ministers Kazembe Kazembe and Mthuli Ncube have been taken to court by an activist who was savaged by police for demonstrating against xenophobic attacks in South Africa at the neighbour’s embassy in Harare 2015. Sydney Chisi wants the ministers held in contempt of court after failing to pay

Godfrey Tsenengamu

Tsenengamu Denied Bail

By Staff Reporter FORMER Zanu PF youth league national commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu was Saturday denied bail and remanded in custody to Monday by Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna. Tsenengamu is facing charges of inciting public violence and was hauled to court Saturday after handing himself to the police at Harare Central Police Station Friday. Nduna will

Judge hands light sentence on man who killed boozing wife

Matabeleland North Correspondent A High Court judge has ruled that a Victoria Falls man who caused his wife’s death by slamming her head on the wall and floor over infidelity acted out of provocation. The man committed the act while accusing his now deceased wife of leaving the couple’s children unattended as she went for

Ex-Minister Nicholas Goche

Stock theft accused ex-minister Goche freed on $50 000 bail

By Robert Tapfumaneyi FORMER cabinet minister Nicholas Goche, who is facing stock theft charges, was Thursday granted $50 000 bail by a Bindura magistrate Tendai Chifamba. This follows his arrest Wednesday. The ex-transport minister will be back in court on 21 October. As part of his bail conditions, Goche was ordered to surrender his passport,

Teacher gets two years for stealing exam students’ laptops

By Tonderai Saharo A Mt Darwin primary school teacher has been slapped with a two-year jail term for stealing laptops and cell phones valued at $30 401 from candidates who were sitting for their examinations at a Great Zimbabwe University campus. John Chitanda (30) of Zengeza 5 in Chitungwiza is a teacher at Mukumbura Primary

Zanu PF activists in court for bashing cops, poll mayhem

Staff Reporter A GROUP of Zanu PF activists who turned violent Sunday and assaulted police officers during a tempestuous party primary election in Kwekwe Tuesday appeared in court facing public violence charges. They are Zvidzai Maisva (34) Burden Mawire (35), Amon Mutondorwa (34), Elliot Gideon (38), Itai Mutandwa (36) and Tafadzwa Mutema. The activists are

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Drop Charges Against Tsitsi Dangarembga – Writers

The Guardian THE Zimbabwean novelist, shortlisted for this year’s Booker prize for This Mournable Body, is accused of intending to incite public violence in Harare. Authors including Kazuo Ishiguro, Carol Ann Duffy and Philippe Sands have called for charges against the Booker prize-shortlisted writer Tsitsi Dangarembga to be dropped ahead of her latest appearance in a

Dumisani Dube

State Withdraws Case Against Chief Ndiweni’s Lawyer

By Alois Vinga THE State has withdrawn charges of defeating justice against dethroned Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni’s lawyer, Dumisani Dube. Dube was arrested in June this year by officers from the Police Special Anti-Corruption Unit on allegations of defeating the course of justice after he obtained a court order in a dispute over a mining claim.