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Harare sex toy vendor denied bail

By Mary Taruvinga, Senior Reporter A suspected sex toy vendor, Ayanda Unity Mponda, who goes by the moniker @Ayiie-Juicy on social media platforms, was Wednesday denied bail by a Mbare magistrate who ruled that she is a flight risk. Mponda was arrested on allegations of smuggling sex toys and exposing minors to pornographic content. Prosecutors

Brothers run amok at Gokwe funeral, kill mourner

By James Muonwa TWO Gokwe brothers, Leon and Parkchad Muringi are on the run after stabbing a mourner to death for drinking beer during funeral proceedings. Police confirmed the fugitive suspects are wanted in connection with the gruesome killing of Tapiwa Ziyambi (37) of Dzingisai village in Nembudziya, Gokwe as well as attempted murder of

Mwazha’s sons barred from church’s shrine as power fights rage on

By Mary Taruvinga THE High Court has barred Paul Mwazha’s sons and other former African Apostolic Church (Vapostora VeAfrica) leaders from visiting the church’s shrine as the leadership wrangle takes centre stage. Founded by Paul Mwazha, the church senior members are currently in friction following the formation of a breakaway faction. Power fights started after

Duo up for rape and armed robbery

By Paul Katanda TWO Harare man from Kuwadzana Tuesday appeared before Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda facing several rape and and armed robbery charges. The two are McDonald Mutarangani Hukuimwe (32) and Trymore Nkomazana (28). They were not asked to plead and will be back in court on June 3 after being advised to seek bail

Bogus ex Zupco employee in court

By Paul Katanda A 29-year old former Zupco employee from Glenview has been taken to court after he stole a ticket book and issued 712 tickets before pocketing the loot. Masuka James is now answering to fraud, theft, impersonation and escaping from lawful custody charges. He appeared before Harare magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, who remanded him in custody

Headlands man kills brother over bath, washing soap 

By Felix Matasva, Manicaland Correspondent  A HEADLANDS man reportedly teamed up with a friend to kill his little brother after a confrontation over stolen bath and washing soap, police have said. The domestic dispute in the Headlands area of Makoni District erupted last Friday between Jonathan Mugweni (41) and his 40-year-old brother (Honest Mugweni) when the former accused the latter of stealing his

Biti’s application for recusal dismissed again 

By Paul Katanda OPPOSITION politician Tendai Biti’s second application for recusal of Harare Magistrate Vongai Guurira Muchuchuti has been dismissed. In her ruling, Muchuchuti  said that if a court makes a decision that is against an accused person it does not mean it is biased and that justice does not mean the litigant gets what

Man arrested for trying to bribe cops at road block

By Lisa Nyanhongo A HARARE man was arrested after he tried to bribe a police officer at a checkpoint along the Harare-Beitbridge highway on Friday. The man, identified by police as Anyway Pepukai, was a conductor of a Mercedez Benz sprinter minibus which was travelling to Harare from South Africa. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner

Two Borrowdale men to stand trial over controversial billboard

By Mary Taruvinga, Senior Reporter TWO Borrowdale men accused of criminal nuisance after they mounted a blackmail billboard had their appeal against a magistrate’s ruling on their application for exception dismissed by the High Court. The two are Grant Russell and Mark Strathen, who insist the charge against them does not form a criminal offence. Harare magistrate,

Extortionists who swindled top bureaucrat granted bail

By Paul Katanda THREE of the suspects who got arrested on allegations of extorting US$200 from Ministry of Information and Communications Technology director, Beulah Chirume, have been granted ZW$30 000 bail each by the High Court. The suspects are Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer, Sinikiwe Phiri (36) and bogus cops Pirate Mazarire (38) and Passmore Tsodzo (46). Only

Top lawyer Mtetwa ordered to stop disposing of controversial US$57k cash

By Mary Taruvinga, Senior Reporter MTETWA and Nyambirai Legal Practitioners have been ordered by the High Court to stop disbursing US$57 000 cash that was found in one of their strong rooms during an investigations into a trust funds theft case involving US$32 million. According to court papers, the money was stashed in a strong

Mnangagwa challenger, Musengezi to spend night in police custody

By Paul Katanda A Zanu PF member, who is challenging Emmerson Mnangagwa’s position as Zanu PF first secretary, is going to spend another night in police custody, pending finalisation of his bail hearing. Sybeth Musengezi (37) appeared before Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda answering to charges of fraud after he allegedly misrepresented his residential address to Zanu PF

Former Harare mayor, Gomba denies graft allegations

By Mary Taruvinga, Senior Reporter THE trial of former Harare mayor, Herbert Gomba, kicked off Wednesday before high court judge Justice Pisirai Kwenda, with the mayor denying the allegations. Gomba is jointly charged with three council officials on graft accused of corruption. The crimes were allegedly committed in 2019. The politician is being charged together with

Man beaten to death over US$50 theft

By Paul Katanda A 25-year-old man from Stoneridge, Harare, appeared in court on Wednesday facing murder charges after he fataly assaulted a man for stealing his US$50. Takudzwa Muchemwa appeared before Harare Magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, who advised him to approach the High court for his bail application. He will be back in court on May

Stunner falls on hard times, as domestic violence case stalls

By Paul Katanda MUSICIAN Desmond Chideme, popularly known as Stunner in the arts industry, is losing out on endorsements after he was reported for domestic violence by his wife, Dyone Tafirenyika. This emerged when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Evelyn Mashayakure on Wednesday. The state sought postponement of his trial date to June 13, 2022,

Armed robbers pounce on fuel depot, steal US$380 000

By Lisa Nyanhongo ARMED robbers raided a fuel deport in Harare and made good their escape US$380 000, police said Wednesday. This incident took place on May 4 around 2am, police said, adding investigations were still underway. Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said armed robbers visited the ZX Fuels in Southerton and stole gadgets

Kombi driver caged 20 years for killing tout over day’s loot

By Paul Katanda A KOMBI driver from Ushewekunze in Harare has been slapped with a 20-year jail term after he was convicted of murdering a tout over a dispute regarding the sharing of their daily earnings. Humphrey Mazani had denied killing Augustine Makoko, arguing that he only acted in self defence. But High court judge, Justice

Robbers attack Harare Mosque, steal US$100 000

By The Street Journal THREE men appeared in court Monday on robbery charges after reportedly stealing US$100 000 from a mosque in Harare. Alexio Rwizi (35), Lloyd Mutusva (47) and Munyaradzi Matenhese (51) are accused of breaking into a Mosque along Simon Mazorodze Road in Harare and making off with US$100 000 in cash. The