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7-day notice to leave streets or face arrest…City Vendors ordered out

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Illegal vendors in cities and towns should leave the streets within seven days or risk arrest as the government moves in to restore order. The one week ultimatum ends on Sunday after which law enforcers would descend on the streets to smoke out all pockets of resistance.

The vendors had become an eyesore mainly in Harare and...

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Man kills son with hot cooking oil lemon ‘cure’

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cooking-chipsWalter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
A Gutu man allegedly killed his sick infant son by forcing him to drink a concoction of hot cooking oil mixed with lemon and salt as “treatment” for a bulging belly, police have said.

Tawanda Hamandawana, 35, of Village 6B Armala Farm allegedly gave 11-month-old Hardlife the concoction despite his wife, Locadia...

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Minister’s son drunk in court, locked up

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Cde Abedinico NcubeMarvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
THE Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Cde Abedinico Ncube’s son, Macbeth was sent to remand prison for attending court drunk yesterday.

He had gone to court when a local man wanted to withdraw malicious damage to property charges against him.

Macbeth, 33, who is facing charges of malicious...

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Baby snatch drama…Fake nurse steals newborn…Satanism claims spark panic

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Oliver Kazunga Senior Reporter
A NEW mum is crushed after her baby boy was stolen hours after she delivered at St Luke’s Mission Hospital in Lupane allegedly by a woman pretending to be a nurse who took advantage of a power failure at the Roman Catholic Church-run institution.

The mother, 32, identified only as Evers, delivered by caesarean...

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Kombi overturns into ditch, 18 cheat death

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Kombi overturns into ditch, 18 cheat death

The commuter omnibus lies on its roof in a storm drain along Khami Road in Bulawayo yesterday

Factmore Dzobo Senior Reporter
SIXTEEN people escaped death by a whisker yesterday when the driver of a commuter omnibus they were travelling in failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle veered off the road and landed on its roof in a ditch along Khami...

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Crackdown on bigwigs’ oversize farms

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Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi

Felex Share and Munyaradzi Musiiwa Harare Bureau
Zanu-PF and government bigwigs who seized vast swathes of farmland during the fast track land reform programme which they cannot fully utilise are set to have the farms reduced in size beginning this week.

Most of the farms far exceed recommended sizes gazetted province by...

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Zim-Asset lifeline

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  • UN to avail $1,6bn for economic blueprint
  • Zim UN framework agreement signed
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Misheck Sibanda

Farirai Machivenyika Harare Bureau
THE United Nations will mobilise up to $1,6 billion between 2016 and 2020 to support development programmes as guided by the Zim-Asset economic blueprint, an agreement signed yesterday between the world body and the government...

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Border jumpers kill charging crocodile

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Border jumpers kill charging crocodile

Beitbridge Ward One Councillor Max Chikova points at the crocodile which was killed by border jumpers and fishermen at an illegal crossing point along the Limpopo River yesterday. Top Picture: National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers pull out the crocodile from the water

Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
A GROUP of 18 suspected border...

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‘Baba Jukwa’ duo cleared

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Edmund Kudzayi

Tendai Rupapa Harare Bureau
The Sunday Mail E-ditor Edmund Kudzayi had charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government via facebook using a Facebook character Baba Jukwa withdrawn before plea yesterday.

The State led by Chief Law officer Tawanda Zvekare indicated to the court that they were still pursuing...

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Professor Moyo warns ‘unethical’ NewsDay

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Professor Moyo

Chronicle Reporter
THE constitution “doesn’t protect falsehoods”, Information Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo said yesterday as he warned media organisations that “the law will assist them” if they failed to uphold their “professional responsibilities”.Prof Moyo is furious after the NewsDay newspaper published a “fabricated” story cla...

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Zanu-PF suspends 89

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Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Farirai Machivenyika and Nyemudzai Kakore Harare Bureau
ZANU-PF has suspended 87 members from holding any leadership positions within the party for two years, while two others were handed three-year suspensions after the Politburo upheld the recommendations of the National Disciplinary Committee.The announcement of the latest...

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108 ZMA officers complete cadets’ course

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President Mugabe shares a lighter moment with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa (centre) and Minister of Defence Cde Sydney Sekeramayi at the Zimbabwe Military Academy passout parade in Gweru yesterday

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday commissioned 108 junior officers among them 19 females at the Zimbabwe Military...

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SA to send home more Zimbabweans

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
South African government will be deporting 1,350 Zimbabwean illegal immigrants starting today when the first batch of 440 people is expected to arrive by bus in Zimbabwe, an official has said.Zimbabwe’s Consul-General to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, said a further 800 will be deported by rail starting f...

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Wife rape: Man held – They slept in same bedroom but court had said ‘no sex’

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Whinsley Masara Court Reporter
A FORTY SIX year-old Bulawayo man has been arrested for allegedly raping his wife once in violation of a court order barring him from having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.Jothius Mleya who lives at McDonald’s Bricks along Gwanda road in Bulawayo where he works as a security guard raped his wife after...

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14 trapped in elevator, and no-one knew

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Mashudu Netsianda Senior Reporter
FOURTEEN people, mostly patients, endured a hellish 30 minutes trapped in a Bulawayo hospital elevator yesterday.
The elevator jammed following a power failure at Lancet House, a specialist private hospital in the city centre.The unlucky 14 sweated buckets after realising the old elevator did not have a device to...

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Minister’s son in gang assault

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Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent
Matabeleland South Provincial Minister of State, Cde Abedinico Ncube’s son, Emmanuel, 27, and his 11 employees allegedly severely assaulted and tied up with wires two fellow employees they caught illegally panning for gold at their mine.The other accused are Edmore Zulu, 26, Trevor Dube, 33, Daniel Zulu, 33,...

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Hooker arrests outlawed

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prostitutesDaniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
The Constitutional Court yesterday outlawed the arrest of women on charges of soliciting for paid sex in the absence of men confirming they were offered the services for a fee.Women had for long been apprehended in various police operations and charged with loitering for the purposes of prostitution.

In Harare the...

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Gender activists celebrate landmark ruling

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Jessie Majome

Daisy Jeremani Gender Editor
Women’s rights activists yesterday welcomed the ruling by the Constitutional Court barring police from arresting women on suspicion of soliciting for paid sex without a man to confirm that such solicitation took place.The landmark ruling came after nine women argued that their right to personal liberty...

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No pay rise for civil servants

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Top3Harare Bureau
THE government cannot afford to increase civil servants’ salaries as its annual employment costs have risen steeply from $550 million in 2009 to $3 billion now against falling revenues to Treasury, it has emerged.The employment costs include those of nine grant aided institutions and pensioners.

In a position paper presented to civil...

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3 dead in truck, bus sideswipe

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Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
THREE women died yesterday while 13 other people were injured when a bus carrying them overturned at the 72km peg along the Zvishavane-Gweru highway after being sideswiped by a haulage truck.Passengers on the Tombs Motorways coach were mainly cross-border traders and one of them told The Chronicle that the bus...

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Mpilo director ‘fraudster’ Brett granted bail

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Emily Mbewe Court Reporter
A SUSPECTED fraudster who allegedly defrauded Mpilo Central Hospital Clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya of nearly $44,000 was yesterday granted $100 bail by a Bulawayo magistrate.Brett Sibanda, 23, made headlines recently after allegedly conning Dr Ngwenya, claiming he could recover a stolen laptop, flash disks and...

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Roadblock nets 11 smugglers

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Sukulwenkosi Dube Plumtree Correspondent
POLICE in Plumtree intercepted 11 people who had smuggled a variety of goods from Botswana into the country at a road block.
Six of the smugglers were travelling in a bus while five others were in a kombi.First to appear in court were the smugglers who were on board a Khanda Bus.

The six, Tsitsi Chigwida, 26,...

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Woman drags sex on new blanket maid to court

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Lethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO woman dragged her ex-housemaid to court after she found her sleeping with a man in her new blanket worth $50.
Jessica Dube of Old Pumula suburb, who sells blankets, brought her ex-housemaid, Violet Hove of Cowdray Park to the Small Claims court demanding $50 as payment for the “soiled” blanket.

Dube told the...

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BREAKING: Tombs accident claims three lives

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Munyaradzi Musiiwa, Midlands Correspondent 

A collision between a haulage truck and a cross-border Tombs Motorways bus killed three people and seriously injured five early this morning.

The incident occurred around 4.30 am near Lundi Bridge along the Zvishavane-Gweru highway.

According to eyewitnesses, the Gweru bound bus which had 60 people onboard,...

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‘Killer’ couple in court: SA-based man instructs wife to kill ‘witch’ mother

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nyundoSukulwenkosi Dube  Plumtree Correspondent
A MAN from Bulilima district allegedly connived with his wife and their maid to murder his 97-year-old mother after a South African sangoma told him that the old woman was bewitching him.Nicholas Dube, 35, allegedly called his wife, Bathobile Moyo, 35, from Johannesburg where he works and instructed her to...

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Morphine shortage hits hospitals

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morphineDaisy Jeremani Gender Editor
A NATIONWIDE shortage of morphine is causing pain to both patients and emergency health workers.
Morphine, a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain, is basic medicine on the operating table, especially for accident victims.The Chronicle has established that Mpilo Central Hospital has been operating...

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Nguni fingered in NewsDay false story

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Goodson Nguni

Harare Bureau
CIVIL society activist Goodson Nguni has been fingered as the source behind a NewsDay story claiming President Robert Mugabe owed sacked former Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman Ray Kaukonde $30 million.The money was loaned to the First Family to boost their business, the Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) daily paper...

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ZUJ congratulates Deketeke, Lupepe appointment

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Andrew Chimedza Harare Bureau
THE appointment of Pikirayi Deketeke, a career journalist as group chief executive officer of Zimpapers (1980) Ltd, is a milestone for journalists, the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) said yesterday.ZUJ also congratulated Delma Lupepe for his appointment as the group’s chairman.

“The union would like t...

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Doctor ‘stabs rival suitor’

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Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
THE Medical Superintendent of Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa, Dr Nyasha Makura allegedly ran amok and stabbed a rival suitor several times on both thighs in a fight over a girlfriend.Midlands Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Milton Chemhuru confirmed the incident which occurred on Friday.

He said he...

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Jubilant H’landers fan remanded for assaulting cops

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Emily Mbewe Court Reporter
A HIGHLANDERS Football Club supporter has been arraigned for allegedly invading the pitch while celebrating his team’s goal and assaulting two police officers, one of them with a brick.Mthokozisi Ndlovu, 25, is alleged to have punched Constable Mbongeni Siziba once on the right eye and struck Constable Hwidzisa Maphosa...

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