Barbara van Hellemond

Dutch ambassador urges government release of violence probe report

By Idah Mhetu NETHERLANDS ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellemond has urged the Zimbabwean government to release the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the country’s post-election violence of August 1. The disturbances saw six civilians gunned down by what is widely believed to be members of the national army deployed into central Harare

Supa Mandiwanzira

Supa Mandiwanzira trial in false start

By Court Reporter THE trial of former Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira failed to take off Monday after he was “ambushed” with state papers minutes before his trial. The Zanu PF legislator for Nyanga South complained over the state’s “inefficiency” and successfully applied for postponement through his lawyer, Advocate Brian Hungwe. Hungwe told

Samuel Undenge

Ex-Minister Undenge acquitted in Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratrek scandal

By Mary Taruvinga FORMER Energy Minister, Samuel Undenge could not hide his relief after he was Monday acquitted in a case in which he was accused of favouring controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo with a $200 million tender for a solar plant project. Harare magistrate, Barbara Chimboza ruled that the ex-minister did not commit any offence

The late Hapson Ncube

Ex-soldier-turned-firebrand anti-Zanu PF activist dies

By Bulawayo Correspondent FIREBRAND MDC activist and Cowdry Park councillor, Hapson Ncube died on Sunday after a long illness. The MDC confirmed the death of the former Zimbabwe National Army serviceman who was in his early 30s. “It is with utmost heartfelt condolences that we learnt of the passing on of Cllr Ncube. The entire

Ex-President Robert Mugabe

Karoi woman in trouble for insulting ex-President Mugabe

By Staff Reporter POLICE have summoned for trial, a 46-year-old Karoi woman on charges of undermining the authority of then President Robert Mugabe five years ago. Flora Karosi is said to have committed the crime sometime in July of 2013. According to the summons, Karosi undermined and insulted Mugabe after she allegedly uttered an abusive,

Fear, jubilation as Zanu PF terror commander released from prison

By Staff Reporter Masvingo: A Zanu PF activist has been released from prison after serving a 14 year jail sentence for the murder of an MDC official in Zaka district. There were wild celebrations by members of his party while welcoming him from prison. Eddie Munjanja was released from prison last week and the family,

Bailed rape suspect back into custody for pestering victim to dump case

By Mary Taruvinga A 24-year-old attempted rape suspect who had been admitted to bail has landed himself back into custody after he has been pestering his victim to withdraw the charges against him, forcing the court to revoke his bail conditions. Lukas James stands accused of trying to rape his neighbour’s maid in a recent

MDC shock as Zanu PF killers jailed just 3 years each

By Staff Reporter THE MDC has expressed shock over a three-year sentence that was handed to two Zanu PF officials in Mudzi for killing a member of the opposition party in 2012. On Wednesday, High Court judge Justice Joseph Musakwa sentenced David Chimukoko and Graciano Kazingizi to four years in prison for killing Cephas Magura

Zanu PF urges ‘ideological’ training for civil servants

By Staff Reporter CIVIL servants might be forced to undergo “ideological orientation” before recruitment if a proposal tabled by Zanu PF members sails through. A few years ago, the ruling party set up Chitepo Ideological College to ensure that supporters get a deeper understanding of its history, values and principles. The college complements the Border

Harare woman in soup for claiming child’s maintenance from two men

By Mary Taruvinga A 31-year-old Harare woman has been dragged to court facing fraud charges for demanding and receiving maintenance from two men she claimed to have fathered her child. Rudo Muteti was Thursday hauled before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa to answer to the charges. She was remanded out of custody to December 20 on

Zimbabwe has no funds to compensate displaced white farmers

Business Report Zimbabwe says it does not have funds to pay former white commercial farmers displaced from their land under the country’s chaotic agrarian reform programme as President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government battles to contain excessive expenditure on input schemes to support productivity on farms that are now in the hands of blacks. Compensating the former

D-Day for Maziwisa and Pambuka; court to rule on fraud case

By Court Reporter FORMER ZBC presenter Oscar Pambuka and ex-Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa will this Thursday know their fate when a Harare magistrate, Lazini Ncube delivers ruling on their fraud case. The two are due to appear before magistrate Lazini Ncube for ruling on allegations that they defrauded the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of

Jobs at risk as Zim’s foreign currency crisis deepens

By Agencies HARARE: Some major companies from various sectors in Zimbabwe have started winding up operations in their loss-making divisions as foreign currency dries up. This week Sakunda Logistics – a subsidiary of Sakunda Holdings, which controls a majority stake in fuel procurement and supply – told its workers that the environment they were operating

Victor Matemadanda

MDC youths dare Matemadanda on presidential age review, vow Zim won’t be turned into ‘old people’s home’

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE MDC youth assembly Wednesday vowed to resist alleged attempts by war veterans secretary general Victor Matemadanda to turn the country into “an old people’s home” through sponsoring a constitutional amendment aimed at revising the minimum age of any aspiring State President to 52 years. Matemandanda, who is also Defence and War