Courts & Crime

Courts & Crime

ZUPCO Conductor Killer Suspect Granted $20 000 Bail

By Mary Taruvinga A 35-year-old Harare man, Campion Marowa,  accused of shooting a Zimbabwe Passengers Company (ZUPCO)  bus conductor, Joyce Kuzhumbwa (22) last month has been granted $20 000 bail by High Court judge, Justice Webster Chinamhora. This followed a successful application through his lawyer, Kingstone Mukanganwi of Mugiya and Muvhami law firm. As part of his

Bikita Man Sues Uncle $1 million for defamation

By Mary Taruvinga A HARARE man, Rozva Dereck Mushinyi, is suing his uncle $1 million for defamation after he labelled him as mentally ill during a family meeting. Mushinyi is suing his father’s brother Ben complaining that his utterances still hurt him and degraded him in the eyes of the community. In summons filed at

Leddie Makoni

Wife’s Bid To Replace Late Top Cleric As Church Leader Flops

By Mary Taruvinga SPIRITED efforts by the widow of late top local church founder Cuthbert Tafundikira Makoni, Leddie Makoni to become the church’s leader following the death of her husband have flopped after the High Court Monday ruled that she has no legal right to mount a court application on behalf of the church. Leddie

Former MP Mashayamombe Sued For Stand Grab

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER MDC Alliance Harare provincial secretary for recruitment and mobilisation Shadreck Mashayamombe has been taken to court by a Harare man Fungai Faranando Chiku on allegations of stealing his stand in Ushewokunze. Chiku filed a High Court application seeking an order barring Mashayamombe from interfering with his land. This follows alleged death

Muslim Pastor Rapes Grade Three Pupil At Mosque

By Staff Reporter A 65-year-old Islamic pastor, Majidu Adini, was Friday taken to court on allegations of raping a grade three at a Mosque in Mufakose, Harare. Adini appeared before magistrate Dennis Mangosi facing rape charges. He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to October 22 for his routine remand. The

Prominent Land Developer Acquitted In Bribery Case

By Mary Taruvinga LAND developer Felix Munyaradzi, who is also Delatfin Civil Engineering chief executive officer, has been acquitted of bribery charges by the High Court. Munyaradzi was accused of bribing a top cop Thomas Mabgwe with residential stands to avoid prosecution over his pending criminal cases. But High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi ruled

Carjacker Pirating With Stolen Vehicle, Jailed 5 Years 

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A CARJACKER has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was caught pirating using a Honda Fit he had stolen in Chinhoyi, last week. Luckymore Shamu appeared before Chinhoyi Magistrate Ignatius Mugova this week charged with one count of theft. He was found guilty and slapped with five

Tendai Biti

Lucia Matibenga Blocks Biti’s Parly Return

By Mary Taruvinga THE leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) breakaway faction, Lucia Matibenga, has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the return of MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti and his colleagues to Parliament. Last month, Justice Joseph Mafusire ruled Biti and five other MPs, who are part of the other

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Prison Officers Locked Up For Assisting Prisoner To Escape

By Mary Taruvinga TWO members of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) will spend the weekend behind bars after they were arrested for allegedly assisting a suspected serial rapist to escape from Harare Remand Prison. Ngonidzashe Munhuuripi (43) and Simbarashe Machekera (24) are accused of assisting Sam Muropa, who was arrested two months ago on allegations

Sam Muropa

Suspected Serial Rapist Admits To Prison Break

By Mary Taruvinga A SUSPECTED serial rapist, Sam Muropa, who last week escaped from Harare Remand Prison, before his recapture Thursday admitted to escaping charges. The 31-year-old appeared before a Harare magistrate Thursday charged with escaping from lawful custody and theft of a motor vehicle. These fresh charges add up to the 25 counts of rape,

Courts Cannot Overturn Cabinet’s Covid Measures: Judge

By Mary Taruvinga HIGH Court Judge Justice Owen Tagu has ruled he cannot overturn measures put by the Cabinet in curbing the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus. His ruling follows an application by the Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) challenging public transporters, the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO)’s monopoly in the transport business. PAZ argued the imposition of national lockdown

Darwendale Rapist Jailed 12 Years For Raping Girl (11)

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A CHINHOYI regional magistrate has condemned a Darwendale man to 12 years imprisonment following his conviction for raping an 11-year-old girl. Simbarashe Munyepiwa (30) of Kazanzi farm compound, Darwendale was sentenced to 12 years in jail before Regional Magistrate Ignatius Mugova set aside four years on condition of good

Sam Muropa (in handcuffs) arriving at the Harare Magistrates Court after his arrest last August

Two Prison Officers Arrested For Assisting Rapist Accused To Escape

By Mandipa Masenyama TWO prison officers have been arrested on charges of assisting Sam Muropa, a suspected serial rapist, to escape from Harare Remand Prison last week. The two officers have been identified as Simbarashe Machekera and Ngonidzashe Munhuuripi. Muropa was rearrested Wednesday evening in Kuwadzana, Hararenight after stealing a car. It is alleged that he was on

Corruption Accused Top Cop’s Trial Date Set

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A CHINHOYI magistrate has set the trial date for Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer commanding Mashonaland West province, Assistant Commissioner Coneli Dube, who is facing criminal abuse of office charges. Dube appeared in court Wednesday at the Chinhoyi Court Complex where provincial magistrate, Ruth Moyo pencilled October 20, 2021,

Ignatius Chombo

Chombo Free As State Drops All Six Charges

By Mary Taruvinga THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has failed to find any evidence linking former minister Ignatius Chombo to the six criminal charges he was facing resulting in all his cases collapsing. Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti Tuesday told a Harare Magistrate court the state had insufficient evidence against Chombo and will continue through of summons. Harare

Grace Appeals Mugabe Exhumation Ruling

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER first lady Grace Mugabe approached the High Court appealing against they Chinhoyi Magistrates Court ruling which approved the exhumation of her late husband, former president Robert Mugabe’s remains. Chinhoyi magistrate Ruth Moyo last month ordered that Mugabe’s remains be exhumed after noting that his children had no authority to appeal against

High Court Fires Baptist Church Members From Assembly

By Mary Taruvinga THE High court has ordered a total of 35 congregants of Ngezi Baptist Church, to vacate the church’s property in Kadoma after ruling that they have ceased to be members of the church. The congregants had officially withdrawn from the church voluntarily but went on to continue occupying a church challenging the

Flamboyant Prophet ln Botched $1,2m Deal, Court Issues Arrest Warrant

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A CHINHOYI magistrate has issued an arrest warrant against a self-styled prophet, who allegedly duped his friend in a $1,2 million deal, and failed to pitch up at court Tuesday. International Arena of Miracles Church leader, 36-year-old Lucky Chakanyuka of 44 Harare Drive, Marlborough, Harare, had a warrant of

Former Kaiser Chiefs and Warriors' star Tianashe Nengomasha is set to lose his dog which his estranged wife Samantha is claiming as part of property sharing in a messy divorce case

Tuku’s Daughter Samantha Claims Dog In Messy Divorce From Retired Footballer Nengomasha

By Mary Taruvinga THE late music superstar Oliver Mutukudzi’s daughter, Samantha, is claiming exclusive custody of a Maltese dog called Alvin Jazz in a messy, elongated divorce wrangle with footballer Tinashe Nengomasha. Samantha has filed a High Court application seeking a decree of divorce against the former Kaizer Chiefs playmaker. This becomes the second time