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Single dad, 24, gets 16 years for niece rape

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Manager Ncube

Emily Mbewe Court Reporter
A 24-year-old single father of three from Plumtree was yesterday sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for raping his niece thrice. The man, Manager Ncube, who was married to the girl’s maternal aunt, pleaded not guilty to rape charges but was convicted by senior regional magistrate Mark Dzira.

Sentencing Ncube,...

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Buffalo Souljah scraps retirement

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buffaloMelissa Mpofu Showbiz Editor
Multi-award winning dancehall musician, Buffalo Souljah, who publicly announced his retirement in the music game last year, seems to be having difficulties letting go of that industry.

The artiste based in South Africa, in November last year declared that he had decided to call it quits for fear of engaging in illicit...

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Bulawayo City Council hikes medical fees

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mpilo1Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
BULAWAYO City Council has increased consultation fees for medical aid users seeking treatment at council clinics and at its infectious diseases hospital in line with other health providers in the country.

Acting Health Director Dr Edwin Sibanda said those on medical aid will now pay more for consulting council...

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Virginity test exposes rape of 12-year-old

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Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
A VIRGINITY test conducted on a 12-year-old girl by her mother exposed a suspected rapist leading to his arrest. Mthokozisi Sibanda’s victim kept the rape to herself until she was forced to expose the suspect following a virginity test conducted on her by her mother.

The girl who cannot be named for legal reasons...

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Disgruntled villager up for headman assault

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Thandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A NKAYI man was yesterday arraigned before the courts for allegedly striking with a brick a villager who had been chosen to become headman for Gwitshi area.

Qhubekani Ncube allegedly struck Mpiloyethu Sikhosana, 46, after the man failed to explain to him why he was chosen as the area’s headman.

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Serial housebreaker finally nabbed

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Timoth Makohliso Midlands Reporter
A serial thief who broke into 24 houses in Gweru’s Guinea Fowl area and stole household goods worth nearly $4,000 was yesterday sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Tawanda Garira, 25, of Plot Number 150 Divide Farm, Guinea Fowl, was convicted of housebreaking and theft by Gweru magistrate Judith Taruvinga.

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Councillor fights crime

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Beitbridge Town Council’s finance and administration committee chairperson Cde Max Chikova has mobilised his own resources to clear bushes in most crime hotspots in the border town.

In an interview yesterday, Cde Chikova, who is also Ward One councillor, said the main objective was to contribute towards the reduction...

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‘Women refuse to condomise’

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Loveness Bepete Chronicle Reporter
Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has expressed concern at the continued resistance by most women to use the female condom. Statistics availed by ZNFPC revealed that in every 40 male condoms used, there is only one femidom.

ZNFPC marketing and communications manager Simon Chikwizo said the...

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BCC compiles report on Zimra warehouse fire

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Gershem Pasi

Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
The Bulawayo Fire Bridage has complied a report on a fire which gutted a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority warehouse in Beitbridge in November destroying goods worth millions of dollars.Zimra requested the Bulawayo City Council to second officials from its fire brigade to investigate the cause of the...

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Concern over rise in divorce cases

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Justice Chiweshe

Thandeka Moyo  Court Reporter
DIVORCE cases continue to overwhelm the High Court despite calls from religious, legal and traditional leaders for couples in the country to safeguard the marriage institution, Judge President Justice George Chiweshe, said yesterday.Speaking during the official opening of the 2015 legal year at the...

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Anti-Trafficking committee set up

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President Mugabe

Harare Bureau
President Mugabe has established an Anti-Trafficking Inter-Ministerial Committee in line with provisions of the Trafficking in Persons Act passed by Parliament in June last year.The committee was officially constituted last Friday according to Statutory Instrument 2 published in the Government Gazette.

“His Excellency t...

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Kereke to pay $2k for love child

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Dr Kereke

George Maponga in Masvingo
BIKITA West House of Assembly member Munyaradzi Kereke has agreed to pay $2,000 monthly maintenance and other lavish  perks to a Great Zimbabwe University  student whom he  sired a child with in February 2011.Kereke also undertook to provide a Toyota Rav 4 vehicle to Maudy Machangwa, a Marketing student at Great...

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Zim Fashion Week goes global

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Priscilla Chigariro-Gessen

Melissa Mpofu Showbiz Editor
In a move to promote Zimbabwean designers and models in the diaspora, Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) is set to host similar events under the Zimbabwe Fashion Week International (ZFWI) brand starting this year.The fashion event which gives local designers a platform to showcase their creations to...

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Suspected rally disruptor dies

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Thandeka Moyo  Court Reporter
A GWERU based Zanu-PF supporter, on remand pending trial for allegedly disrupting First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe’s rally at Hartsfields Grounds in October last year, has died.Emmanuel Mzorera, 37, died at home in Gweru on December 26.

Mzorera’s father took his son’s death certificate to prosecutors yesterday and the cause...

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Cops seize $10,000 mbanje cache

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Walter Mswazie  Masvingo Correspondent
POLICE in Masvingo have arrested a suspected drug peddler found in possession of 103kg of mbanje with a street value of $10,300 at a roadblock in a Bulawayo bound vehicle.Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwa said the suspect, who was driving the vehicle,   was arrested on S...

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Shebeen queen assaults cop

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Nokusa Masuku Court Reporter
A SHEBEEN queen who lost her marbles and assaulted a police officer in a bid to avoid being arrested for operating an illegal beer outlet in Pumula has appeared in court.A handcuffed Eve Mtanga, 48, assaulted Jane Mlotshwa who had arrested her for operating a shebeen.

Mtanga appeared before magistrate Tancy Dube facing...

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Man up for house party stabbing

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Nokusa Masuku Court Reporter
A MAN has been charged with attempted murder following a savage stabbing rampage at a house party.
Vezinhlalo Sibanda, 22, of Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo, drove a screw-driver into 28-year-old Hloniphani Khumalo’s stomach, throat and head at a New Year’s Eve party in the suburb, a court head.

Khumalo had left the house...

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Man,76, squanders family funds, commits suicide

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Sukulwenkosi Dube  Plumtree Correspondent
A 76-YEAR-OLD man from Bulilima District allegedly hanged himself near his homestead after squandering family funds from the sale of a beast on beer.Richard Sola of Bhaladza Village under chief Kandana first tried to commit suicide on Saturday morning but neighbours restrained him.

Later on the same day,...

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$450m NRZ loan facility nears fruition

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Cde Obert Mpofu

Itai Mazire Harare Bureau
THE government is close to sealing the $450 million loan facility deal from the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), for the revival of the country’s railway system.Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Obert Mpofu will present before Cabinet documents detailing how the country will revive...

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Minister in protest climbdown

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CDE DAVIS MARAPIRA

Masvingo Bureau
MASVINGO North House of Assembly member Cde Davis Marapira has turned against Zanu-PF members who demonstrated against chiefs Musara and Chikwanda on Friday.He accused the party members of acting illegally.

In an interview with Chronicle yesterday, Cde Marapira who is also Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation...

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Schools fail to meet Early Childhood Development demand

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Minister Dokora

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
MOST parents and guardians are yet to secure places for Early Childhood Development (ECD) with most schools accepting a limited number of pupils due to lack of adequate facilities.Schools will open tomorrow for the 2015 first term.

Although most schools have long stopped enrolling for 2015, on Friday...

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3 Gambian illegal immigrants deported

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nyundoSukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
THREE Gambian nationals have been deported after a month-long illegal stay in the country.
The three who are brothers, Sissoho Abdau, 20, Bubaccar Jallow, 36, and Susso Nuha, 27, entered the country through an illegal entry point near the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border in November.

They were arrested on December...

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Macheso’s ex in Sulu show rumpus

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Tafadzwa Mapako

Harare Bureau
There was drama at Suluman Chimbetu’s show at Dandaro Inn on Friday night when Alick Macheso’s ex-wife Tafadzwa Mapako and some bouncers manhandled journalists accusing them of stalking her.Mapako, who arrived at the venue in the company of a popular freelance photojournalist, ganged up with the bouncers that were in...

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Maid mistakes pesticide for sugar, toddler dies

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Harare Bureau
A four-year-old child yesterday died in Mufakose, after eating porridge laced with poison that the domestic worker mistook for brown sugar.The maid is also reportedly in critical condition after eating large quantities of the same porridge.

The mother of the baby who also ate a spoonful of the porridge, was taken to hospital.

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Headmasters warned against fees exclusion

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Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporter
Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavhima, has warned school heads against sending children home over non-payment of school fees ahead of the opening of schools tomorrow.Prof Mavhima told The Chronicle recently that the government will be monitoring schools to ensure that children...

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Pantsulas in church!

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Lungelo Ndhlovu  Showbiz Correspondent
PANTSULA jive, a dance routine popular with kwaito songs, is fast invading the religious domain as Pentecostal churches in Bulawayo are welcoming the secular entertainment trend.Such is the case with Word of Life Ministries in Bulawayo, which organised a dance competition, “Pantsula for Christ” that attracted...

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Powerhouse music yearn for limelight

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Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
POWERHOUSE Music, a six-member acapella group, says it is high time they took the Zimbabwean gospel music scene by storm after years of being in the shadows.The group that was formed three years ago, has been singing at gospel music shows in the city as opening acts for groups such as The Charambas, Reality 7...

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Garages ordered to slash fuel prices

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CDE SAMUEL UNDENGE

Harare Bureau
THE government has directed all fuel traders in the country to slash prices with effect from Wednesday next week in line with falling global oil prices or risk unspecified sanctions.Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge issued fuel retailers a two-week ultimatum starting from December 31, 2014, which...

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Zanu-PF Mat North sidelines Nyoni

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Cde Sithembiso Nyoni

Nduduzo Tshuma  Senior Political Reporter
ZANU-PF Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Cde Richard Moyo yesterday said they have no power to reverse an order prohibiting Politburo member Cde Sithembiso Nyoni from attending today’s party celebrating the appointment of members from the province into the Politburo.The...

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VP Mphoko consoles Batswana over Merafhe’s death

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

Harare Bureau
VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday sent a message of condolence to the Batswana people following the death of former vice president Lieutenant General Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe.Lt Gen Merafhe died on Wednesday.

VP Mphoko signed the book of condolences at the Botswana embassy in Harare.

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