Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

NatPharm boss’s trial deferred as state delays with new evidence

By Court Reporter A Harare magistrate was Monday forced to further move the trial of National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) boss Newman Madzikwa after those tasked to transcribe critical evidence on the matter have delayed with the document. The evidence was unearthed during an inspection in-loco. Madzikwa is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he

Joana Mamombe

State drags feet in Mamombe trial, MP vows to challenge further remand

By Mary Taruvinga MDC Harare West legislator Joana Mamombe has placed the State on notice to challenge further placement on remand if not given a trial date on her next court appearance. Mamombe (25) is facing a charge of subverting a constitutional government after she allegedly called on her constituency members and Zimbabweans to embark

Police bust MRP hideout

Four MRP officials, three foreign nationals arrested in Byo

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO police on Friday, arrested four Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) officials and three foreign nationals for an as yet to be established offense. The four MRP activists were arrested in Cowdray Park, at party Bulawayo provincial secretary for security Andrew Dube’s house. The party’s parliamentary candidate for Gwanda North during last year’s

Simba Chikore (left)

Mugabe’s son-in-law has case to answer, rules court

By Mary Taruvinga HARARE magistrate Victoria Mashamba has ruled that former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law, Simbarashe Chikore has a case to answer. Chikore is accused of unlawfully detaining then Zimbabwe Airways secretary, Betha Tsitsi Zakeyo at the two former work mates’ Chishawasha Hills last year. He is jointly charged with the company’s ex-security guard, Simbarashe

Supa Mandiwanzira

Mandiwanzira ‘acquittal’ under microscope, top prosecutor faces arrest

By Staff Reporter PROSECUTOR General Kumbirai Hodzi has referred for police investigation, a senior public prosecutor involved in the case in which corruption accused former Cabinet Minister Supa Mandiwanzira was “acquitted” early this week, can reveal. According to the head of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) Thabani Mpofu, Hodzi wants the prosecutor

ZPC boss exonerates bribery accused company ex-chairperson

By Mary Taruvinga THE State’s case against former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) board chairperson, Stanley Kazhanje could be weakening as witnesses have failed to incriminate him during his ongoing trial. Kazhanje stands accused of receiving $10 000 bribe from controversial businessman, Wicknell Chivayo to avoid cancellation of a solar project contract between his Intratrek Zimbabwe

A fringe opposition leader has been granted bail for claiming President Emmerson Mnangagwa had an illicit affair

Mnangagwa’s adultery accuser freed on RTGS$500 bail

By Mary Taruvinga FRINGE opposition leader, Tinashe Jonasi (42), was on Wednesday freed on RTGS$500 bail by High Court Judge, Justice Amy Tsanga. Jonasi spent the past three weeks behind bars following his arrest for undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authority after accusing the Zanu PF leader of bedding Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa in an interview

Dzikamai Mavhaire

Chivayo saga: Ex-minister Mavhaire faces arrest

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Energy Minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire has been issued with an arrest warrant after he failed to turn up in court as a State witness. Mavhaire was expected to testify against, Stanely Nyasha Kazhanje, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) chairperson who is accused of pocketing a bribe from businessman, Wicknell Chivayo. Leading the State,

David Chawota

Jailed CAAZ boss, fraud accomplice to know fate on Tuesday

By Mary Taruvinga EMBATTLED Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) managing director David Chawota and his accomplice will spend more time behind bars after ruling on their bail application was postponed to this Tuesday. Chawota is accused together with Ministry of Transport legal director Angeline Karonga (56). The two are accused of pocketing RTGS$1 million

Notorious Harare twin sisters fined $100 each for terrorising naked man

By Mary Taruvinga A PAIR of identical Harare twin sisters who terrorised a local man for allegedly bedding one of them in a suspected case of mistaken identity have pleaded guilty to assault. Shyleen and Shylet Nyangande (22) were hauled before court last week facing assault and extortion charges. They pleaded guilty to assault and

Poly student in car robbery to impress nagging lover, jailed 5 years

Masvingo Correspondent A 21-year-old Masvingo Polytechnic College student, who stole a vehicle and tried to sell it to raise money for the upkeep of his girlfriend, will rue the day he committed the offence after he was Thursday jailed for five years. Darlington Sagia was sentenced on his own guilty plea when he appeared before

Supa Mandiwanzira

Graft accused Mandiwanzira’s reporting conditions relaxed

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira had his stringent reporting conditions relaxed by a Harare magistrate Thursday after convincing the court circumstances were infringing on his livelihood. The Zanu PF MP for Nyanga South is facing criminal abuse of office charges relating to alleged illegal awarding of a consultancy deal to Megawatt Company

‘Unrepentant’ CAAZ boss denied bail

By Mary Taruvinga CIVIL Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) chief executive, David Chawota was Thursday denied bail by a Harare magistrate. Chawota is accused of criminal abuse of office after he fraudulently awarded a €27 900 000 contract to a Spanish company, Indra Sistemus, which did not meet minimum requirements during bidding. Harare magistrate Rumbidzai

Edmund Kudzayi

Army uniform abuse: Ex-Sunday Mail editor acquitted

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudzayi has been acquitted following his February arrest and trial on charges of abusing the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) uniform. Kudzayi was caught with a camouflage umbrella while driving in Harare’s Borrowdale suburb. Harare magistrate, Victoria Mashamba ruled it was a shame that the State could come