Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

Different groups of apostolic sects take to invading any open space for prayers

Johane Masowe in desperate bid to avoid eviction from shrine, says order given while they prayed for Zim

By Mary Taruvinga A branch of the Johanne Masowe eChishanu apostolic sect has approached the High Court, with an urgent chamber application seeking an order to bar the Harare City Council from evicting it from a shrine in the high density suburb of Glen Norah. The application follows an order by the High Court authorising

Harare Magistrate's Courts

ZPC boss has case to answer, court rules

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) chairman, Stanley Kazhanje’s application for discharge Thursday hit a brick wall, after a Harare Magistrate ruled that there was reasonable suspicion that he committed the offence. Kazhanje is accused of corruptly concealing his personal interests in an RTGS$10 000 transaction with flashy businessman Wicknell Chivayo. The State

Four prison officers have appeared in court for theft from jailbirds

“Thieving” prison officers in the dock for fleecing jailbirds

By Mary Taruvinga FOUR Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officers have  been dragged to court charged with stealing inmates’ rations worth more than US$7 000. Rukudzo Konje, Rodha Mawadze, Avellino Muchawa and Margaret Chikwature who were all stationed at Harare Central Prison at the time they “brazenly” committed the offence, in full view of

Munyaradzi Kereke

High Court rejects Kereke rape appeal

By Mary Taruvinga JAILED former Zanu PF legislator, Munyaradzi Kereke’s appeal against both conviction and sentence has flopped again after High Court Judge, Charles Hungwe ruled that he deserved the punishment. Kereke was in 2016 jailed 14 years for raping his then 10-year-old niece at gun point. Four years of his jail time were suspended

Fred Moyo

Former Mines Minister to lose estate over US$766 000 debt

By Mary Taruvinga PROPERTY worth US$766 000 belonging for former Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Fred Moyo will go under the hammer after a High Court judge ruled in favour of a local financial institution. High Court Judge Justice Edith Mushore Wednesday ruled in favour of Stanbic bank that Moyo owes that debt. An

Bright Matonga

Former minister Matonga in the dock over US$10k fraud

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Information deputy minister and legislator Bright Matonga was Tuesday hauled before the courts on allegations of duping a Malawian national of US$10 000. Matonga, who is jointly charged with one Onesmo Ndoro, appeared before Harare magistrate Barbara Mateko who released the two on $300 bail each. “The accused are also ordered

Killer Zivhu

Zivhu loses $1 million defamation claim against Mliswa

By Mary Taruvinga HIGH Court judge Justice Chitapi has dismissed an application by Zanu PF Chivi South legislator Killer Zivhu who was seeking $1 million defamation compensation from Independent Norton MP Temba Mliswa. Zivhu was accusing Mliswa of labelling him “a thief and a corrupt individual” on Twitter. “Whereupon, after reading documents filed of record

Stepdad (52) jailed for 24 years for keeping daughter (11) as sex slave

By Matabeleland North Correspondent A 52-year-old man from Jotsholo in Lupane District who turned his stepdaughter into a sex slave in the absence of his wife has been jailed for 24 years. The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the 11-year-old juvenile’s identity, raped the girl on several occasions and threatened to assault

Prophet Walter Magaya

Tax evasion trial: Magaya’s PHD disowns church documents

By Mary Taruvinga THE tax evasion trial against Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries took another turn Friday after the church’s accounts clerk disowned a letter written by her boss to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), despite it having their letterhead. The church is accused failing to declare tax for more than

Graft accused city boss seeks Con-Court intervention, says trial delaying

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER chairperson of the commission that ran the City of Harare from 2006 to 2008 Michael Mahachi is seeking referral to the Constitutional Court, a case in which he is accused of stealing $80 million when he was still in charge of city affairs. Through his lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, Mahachi argues

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Game rangers attack, kill fish poacher, throw body into the water

Bulawayo Correspondent THREE Gwanda game rangers have been accused of viciously attacking and killing a fish poacher they later into the dam in West Nicholson in order to conceal the gruesome act. The three, Phumulani Sibanda, Crispen Ndlovu and Sunday Moyo, have since been dragged to court jointly charged with murder on Peter Mpofu. .

Natpharm boss cleared of graft charge

By Mary Taruvinga NATIONAL Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) managing director Newman Madzikwa was Thursday acquitted of a case in which he was accused of corruptly awarding a $10 million tender to a Danish medicines supplier. Senior regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya acquitted Madzikwa at the close of State’s case saying the State had no evidence against him.

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