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Tendai Biti

Biti sentenced to 6 months in jail for announcing election results

By Mary Taruvinga MDC top official and ex-finance minister Tendai Biti has both been convicted and sentenced to six months for unlawfully announcing results of last July’s elections. He will however not go to prison after presiding magistrate Gloria Takundwa wholly suspended the jail sentence for five years on condition he did not commit a

Teen stabs best friend; accuses him of bedding his lover

By Masvingo Correspondent MASVINGO: A jealous Mwenezi teenager is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbed his best friend after accusing him of having a sex with his girlfriend. Nobunkosi Moyo, 18, was not asked to plead when he made an initial appearance before Mwenezi magistrate Honest Masiiwa charged with attempted murder. He was remanded

Govt licensing radio stations it can manipulate – say activists

By Leopold Munhende Government’s continued defence of its “illegal” licensing of Bulawayo’s Khulumani FM is proof that the administration is awarding licences to radio stations it can easily manipulate, Community Radio Harare (CORAH) director Givemore Chipere has claimed. He was responding to information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana’s recent statement reiterating that Khulumani FM’s licencing

Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza

Electoral Court endorses minister’s poll win

By Mashonaland East Correspondent TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza was recently confirmed as the winner of Murewa South constituency by an Electoral Court judge. Matiza, who is also the Zanu PF Mashonaland East chairperson, was last year dragged to court by rival and independent candidate Noah Mangondo who challenged the minister’s marginal

Vice president Constantino Chiwenga

Stricken Chiwenga still holed up in India

By Kingston Ndabatei HARARE: Ailing Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is still in India where he is receiving treatment for an as yet to be disclosed ailment, President Emmerson Mnangagwa suggested, Saturday. Mnangagwa told a Zanu PF rally in Mwenezi, South of Masvingo that Chiwenga was still not back at work while Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri

A kitchen hut on fire at Stoncroft Farm in Umguza

Hundreds stranded as homes torched in govt-backed clear-out of farm occupiers

By Matabeleland North Correspondent UMGUZA: Hundreds of families have been left homeless after the government launched a crackdown on people who illegally settled on various farms countrywide. In Umguza, just outside Bulawayo, some 240 families at Stoncroft Farm had homesteads torched by the owner of the farm which they occupied more than a decade ago.

Liz makes first appearance at MDC event since Tsvangirai’s death

By Leopold Munhende OPPOSITION icon Morgan Tsvangirai’s widow Elizabeth Macheka last week made her first public appearance at an MDC event since the passing on of the late leader. Macheka arrived at her husbands’ memorial prayer to loud applause as party supporters broke into songs celebrating and thanking her for the role, she played during

Mutare man robbed after disclosing EcoCash pin to hooker

By Staff Reporter MUTARE: A Sakubva man lost money and a mobile phone after revealing his EcoCash pin number to a sex worker he was drinking with at a city pub. Transport ministry employee Maxwell Muungani, 42, lost $414 to three men reportedly working in cahoots with hooker Precious Nota, 31, of New Chisamba. Two

Walter Magaya

Magaya, church in soup for $28 million tax evasion, details

By Mary Taruvinga WALTER Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) church is in trouble with authorities for allegedly prejudicing government of $28 million in potential revenue through tax evasion after selling anointing oil. One of PHD’s directors, Nelson Tawanda Marimo was on Friday taken to court facing charges of contravening the Value Added Tax

Gang nabbed after armed robbery spate in army uniform

By Audience Mutema FOUR men accused of committing a spate of robberies while dressed in police and army uniforms were Friday hauled before the Harare magistrate’s courts facing eight counts of armed robbery. The group, Tinashe Munhangu (39), Cried Munhangu (33), Musarurwa Chikwari (34) and Calvin Gasura (26), all appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa

Charles Mungoshi

Celebrated author Charles Mungoshi dies

By Staff Reporter ONE of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated authors, Charles Mungoshi has died. He was 71. His death was confirmed by the family in a statement Saturday morning. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of our dearly beloved father, Dr Charles Mungoshi (71). “He had been ill for ten years,

Artisanal miners, bereaved families gather at mine disaster scene…images

By Idah Mhetu in Battlefields ARTISANAL miners Friday joined government agents and mining firms to try and dewater the Cricket and Silvermoon Mines in gold rich Battlefields area following the tragic death of dozens of panners Tuesday night. Disaster struck when the mine tunnels got flooded by water, killing what Local Government Minister July Moyo

Distributors urge scrapping of VAT and duty on condoms

By Idah Mhetu CONDOM distributors have called on government to scrap VAT and duty on contraception to make them more affordable to ordinary Zimbabweans. Speaking during the International Condom Day commemorations in Harare on Thursday, Magna Chawira, a pharmacist, said the imposition of duty on condoms also affected pricing on the imported product. Chawira further

Violence accused MDC Hwange MP acquitted

Matabeleland North Correspondent A HWANGE magistrate has acquitted MDC Alliance Senator, Rosemary Nyathi who was being accused of obstructing police from executing their duties during anti-government protests that rocked parts of the country last month. Nyathi (56) was alleged to have been part of a group of more than 20 protestors who gathered at Number

Sister bashed for ushering Jehovah’s Witness preachers into family home

By Staff Reporter Masvingo: A 45-year-old woman was assaulted by her brother for ushering members of Jehovah’s Witness Church into the family home to conduct a bible study session. Serina Makasi, from Masvingo’s high density suburb of Pangolin, was left nursing a swollen face after Tawanda Manyori (35) attacked her with clenched fists. During the

Joseph Chinotimba

WATCH: Hilarious Chinoz fakes Valentine’s Day confusion

By Anna Chibamu HILARIOUS Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba Thursday wore his comic persona and faked confusion around Valentine’s Day which he likened to a human being. Clad in a surprise Arabic ankle-length garment and a headscarf, Chinotimba found the funny side of a day associated with romantic love. “I have not seen the Valentine