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Civil servants fume over bonus delays

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tongaizNqobile Tshili and Bongani Ndlovu Chronicle Reporters
CIVIL servants have slammed the government for delaying to pay them bonuses, saying this was the first time since independence that they were being paid the 13th cheque after Christmas.

The Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister, Cde Tongai Muzenda, announced at the weekend...

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‘Dabengwa, Mujuru coalition doomed’

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dumiso dabengwaNqobile Tshili Chronicle Reporter
POLITICAL analysts have said the alliance between Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu and ousted Zanu-PF bigwigs led by the fired Vice President Joice Mujuru was doomed because it was a merger based on emotions rather than sound policies.

This follows Friday’s revelation by Dabengwa who was quoted saying he was working with o...

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Tuku gives fans top notch performance

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Tuku gives fans top notch performance

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at Ibumba Festival

Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
LEGENDARY musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi marked his return to Stanley Square in Bulawayo’s Makokoba suburb on Saturday night after 28 years with a top notch performance that had fans on their feet until his last song.

Tuku last performed at Stanley Square with the Black...

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ZPCS officer accused of defrauding nurses

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SUPT TENDAI MASAKURE

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Reporter
A SENIOR Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officer based in Bulawayo allegedly defrauded more than 50 unemployed nurses who paid him between $150 and $500 after lying that he had secured jobs for them.

Superintendent Tendai Masakure, 45, who is employed in the ZPCS’s health d...

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Zanu-PF hails Havana on release of jailed Cuban Five

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Cde Khaya Moyo

Cde Khaya Moyo

Chronicle Reporter
ZANU-PF has congratulated its sister revolutionary party, the Cuban Communist Party on the long-awaited release of The Cuban Five from incarceration in the US.

In a statement the party’s spokesman Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said the incarceration of the Cubans amounted to an act against Zimbabweans as well. “On inv...

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New Constitution synchronisation taking too long: ZCC

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Rumbidzai Mbewe Chronicle Correspondent
THE New constitution is fast becoming a mere display document due to the slow pace at which the Acts of Parliament are being aligned to the country’s supreme law, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has said.

The organisation challenged the government and civil society to roll out constitution awareness...

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Beitbridge Border Post arrivals heighten

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
ABOUT 20,000 people, mostly Zimbabweans based in South Africa returning home for the festive season, are passing through Beitbridge Border Post daily as activity at the busiest port of entry and exit in Southern Africa has heightened.

The number of returning residents is reported to have peaked on Friday evening,...

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Granny burnt to death trying to retrieve belongings

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Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
A 74-YEAR-OLD granny from Bulilima area was burnt to death while trying to retrieve her belongings from her burning bedroom hut in the middle of the night.

The incident that occurred last Thursday at around 2AM, has caused tension with villagers accusing Josephine Dube’s family of intentionally killing her in...

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Fake notes hit Bulawayo

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Mbongeni Msimanga Chronicle Correspondent
A WOMAN from Nguboyenja suburb in Bulawayo has been arrested after allegedly trying to buy groceries using fake $100 notes, with police sources saying there has been a proliferation of counterfeits in the city this festive season.

Melody Dube was arrested on Wednesday at Zapalala wholesale along Herbert...

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Prophet drugs, impregnates woman

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Thubelihle Mabhena Chronicle Reporter
A PUMULA South woman is four months pregnant after she was allegedly drugged and raped by a Chosen Embassy Church prophet at his home in Emganwini during a prayer session.

The woman, who was accompanied by her husband when she visited The Chronicle offices yesterday, said she was raped by the prophet Amos...

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Zim hails Cuba, US ties

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Zim hails Cuba, US ties

Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa

Harare Bureau
Zimbabweans have hailed the latest developments on Cuba and United States relations following the announcement by both countries that they had agreed to restore diplomatic ties.Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Ambassador Christopher...

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‘Revival of Byo industries key to economic revival’

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VP Phelekezela Mphoko

VP Phelekezela Mphoko

Patrick Chitumba Senior Reporter
VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday said the revival of industries in Bulawayo was key to turning around the economy.
Addressing hundreds of people at a party to celebrate his appointment as Vice President at ZITF grounds in Bulawayo, VP Mphoko said there was urgent need to revive...

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Mbizvo, Zimdef CEO in row over vehicle

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Dr Mbizvo

Harare Bureau
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development secretary Washington Mbizvo is refusing to issue a duty free certificate to enable the release of a vehicle for Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund chief executive Fredrick Mandizvidza.    The Land Rover Discovery is now accumulating storage costs in the se...

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Parliament approves Budget

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Parliament approves Budget

Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Harare Bureau
Parliament has passed the 2015 policy-driven National Budget following a week-long debate in both the National Assembly and the Senate.The Lower House debated the Bill since Tuesday before passing it on Thursday while the Upper House went through the whole process yesterday.

The budget seeks to create an...

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Woman conceals niece rape for $1

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nyundoPlaxcedes Hove  Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO woman allegedly concealed her niece’s rape ordeal in exchange for $1.
Nomathemba Ncube, 22, allegedly covered up for Mthabisi Mkandla who raped her 12-year-old niece after she was given $1.Ncube appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Themba Chimiso facing a charge of defeating or obstructing the...

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Landlady claims tenant gave her husband HIV

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Thubelihle Mabhena Court Reporter
A WOMAN from Bulawayo’s Mzilikazi suburb has been dragged to court for allegedly accusing a former tenant of sleeping with her husband and infecting him with HIV.Elizabeth Johnson, 50, of Mzilikazi, appeared yesterday before Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa facing a charge of criminal insult.

She allegedly...

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Chicken Slice apologises over advert

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
HARARE food outlet Chicken Slice yesterday apologised for misspelling isiNdebele words in an advertising poster at its outlet which was opened last week in Bulawayo.Following public outcry, the food outlet was forced to pull down the offending advert three days after opening the outlet.

The giant poster at the corner...

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VP Mphoko adopts open door policy

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
NEWLY appointed Vice President Ambassador Phelekezela Mphoko has said he will maintain an open door policy.
VP Mphoko told The Chronicle yesterday that he felt challenged by his new post which has been occupied by luminaries: The late Vice Presidents Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Joseph Msika and Dr Landa John Nkomo.

“Being...

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Kombi operators reject bond coins

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Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporter
COMMUTER omnibus operators in Bulawayo were yesterday refusing the new bond coins.
Furious passengers said the operators wanted to find out whether or not service  stations and shops selling motor spares accepted the coins.A snap survey conducted by The Chronicle revealed that a majority of kombi operators plying...

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Cops hunt Alpha Omega robbery mastermind

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Harare Bureau
POLICE have identified an armed robber who robbed Alpha Omega Dairy warehouse in Bulawayo and got away with $1,035 and mobile phones in October, as Khumbulani Mpofu.Alpha Omega is owned by the First Family and produces a wide range of dairy products.

Criminal Investigations Department spokesperson Detective Inspector Monalisa Mangena...

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Land rentals to be introduced

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Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Reporter
Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister  Dr Douglas Mombeshora, has said that  government will introduce land rentals for all resettled farmers to ensure that those that benefited fully utilise the land.At least 300,000 families have been resettled while an equal number is on the waiting list.

Addressing participants...

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Zanu-PF youth director, Lasch bosses in court

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Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
ZANU-PF Youth League director Tapiwa Zengeya and Lasch Enterprises Pvt Ltd bosses appeared in court yesterday charged with fraud and money laundering after they allegedly swindled 120 farmers of over $27,497.07 through a dubious farming input scheme.Zengeya, 48, Evans Simbarashe Zininga, 34, Patience Chipere,...

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Chihuri vows to probe corruption

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Chihuri vows to probe corruption

Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri

Harare Bureau
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri yesterday vowed to investigate all cases of corruption without fear or favour and as directed by President Mugabe during the just-ended Zanu-PF National People’s Congress.Speaking at a passout parade in Harare, Comm-Gen Chihuri urged officers to...

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‘Film an effective way to communicate ideas’

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Professor Jonathan Moyo

Professor Jonathan Moyo

Harare Bureau
Film is an effective tool that can be used to communicate ideas and resolve conflicts between nations, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has said.He said this while officiating at the premiere of a film Paddington, the first of its kind in Africa, that was hosted by...

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ZEC awaits proclamation on Mujuru, Mnangagwa’s vacant seats

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Cde Mnangagwa

Harare Bureau
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission now awaits President Mugabe’s proclamation to call for parliamentary by-elections in constituencies that were held by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his predecessor  Joice Mujuru.This comes after Parliament early this week wrote to President Mugabe and ZEC advising them of the...

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Suspected armed robbers remanded in custody

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nyundoNokusa Masuku Court Reporter
SEVEN men, part of a 15-member gang that robbed an Umguza miner of his gold and a pistol after attacking him with iron bars before leaving him for dead, appeared in court yesterday facing robbery charges.Thirteen members of the gang were employed at Friday 13 Mine in Umguza when they decided to pounce on their employer...

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Tuku acoustic night lives to billing

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Oliver Mtukudzi

Yoliswa Dube/Simbarashe Mutizwa Chronicle Reporters
LEGENDARY musician Dr Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi put up a top notch performance at Groove Night Club on Wednesday evening where he left fans doing the “jit jive” after a scintillating performance.The show dubbed “Tuku solo acoustic night” started off as an intimate affair with the sup...

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Bulawayo hip-hop shines

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Simbarashe Mutizwa Showbiz Reporter
TWO Bulawayo artistes shone in Harare when they scooped awards at the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards which saw Peekay emerging as the biggest winner at a ceremony held on Wednesday evening.POY, who was nominated in three categories, managed to grab the Video of the Year award, shrugging off competition from Noble...

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Oskido promotion returns

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Bongani Ndlovu  Showbiz Correspondent
Oskido’s Kalawa Jazzmee stable and Chronicle are running a competition which will see the two giving away 15 tickets for the Kalawa Jazzmee Homecoming party to be held in Bulawayo on December 27.The party which will feature performances by South African acts, Mduduzi Masilela and Mandoza of the hit song Fifty...

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Beitbridge unveils $9,6m budget

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Mashudu Netsianda in Beitbridge Senior Reporter
BEITBRIDGE Town Council has unveiled a $9,5 million budget for 2015 with tariffs and service charges remaining the same. The proposed budget was unanimously adopted by all the six councillors during a recent full council meeting.Beitbridge Town Secretary Loud Ramakgapola said council came up with the...

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