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Thieves get $15k from Choppies safe, inside job suspected

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Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
DARING thieves yesterday broke into Choppies Supermarket in New Lobengula suburb in Bulawayo and got away with about $15,000. Officials at the supermarket said the break-in through the roof which occurred in the early hours of the morning, could have been an inside job.

The supermarket chain is run by Vice...

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Driver, 2 touts Murder sex cheat

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
A Lupane kombi driver allegedly teamed up with two touts and beat to death a man he found in bed with his wife. The trio allegedly dumped the body on the Lupane-Bulawayo highway to make it look like he had been involved in a hit and run accident.

Nkosana Getshu on Thursday last week allegedly hatched a plan to ambush...

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Service stations run dry, motorists panic

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Thubelihle Mabhena Chronicle Reporter
A NATIONwide petrol shortage is threatening to spoil the Christmas festivities as thousands of motorists are likely to spend the holidays in queues at service stations.

The scarcity has been attributed to a shortage of ethanol.

The government moved swiftly to avert a crisis with Energy and Power Development...

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MANICALAND WANT MUTASA OUT

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Harare Bureau
ZANU-PF Manicaland Province has called for the expulsion of former national secretary for administration Cde Didymus Mutasa for his continued denigration of the revolutionary party and its First Secretary and President Cde Robert Mugabe.

The call comes amid reports attributed to Cde Mutasa in which he allegedly accused the Zanu-PF...

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Woman axes boyfriend to death, turns fugitive

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Nqobile Tshili and Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporters
A woman from Matobo District in Matabeleland South is on the run after allegedly splitting her live-in boyfriend’s skull open with an axe and hiding the body in a bedroom.

Sinqobile Ncube allegedly killed Mabutho Ncube, 35, of Gulathi village in cold blood on Friday and fled their homestead.

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Civil servants bonus dates change again

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
The majority of civil servants who didn’t receive their bonuses last month will get them before the end of the month while the rest will get them staggered up to the end of January, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira yesterday told Chronicle that due to cash flow challenges, the...

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Top cops lead Mujuru probe

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Harare Bureau
Police have set up a team of senior detectives to search companies linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru as investigations into allegations of corruption and abuse of office levelled against her intensify.

Last Thursday police were issued with warrants by the courts to search Cde Mujuru and companies linked to her after she was...

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LATEST: Mafu appointed Highlanders coach

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Mafu Bongani
HIGHLANDERS FC today unveiled former Zimbabwe Saints coach Bongani Mafu as Kelvin Kaindu’s successor.Mafu’s assistants are still to be named as the new coach and the club are still in discussion.

Mafu, a holder of a UEFA B coaching badge, got the nod from the Highlanders executive after plans to hire a foreign coach were shelved.

Mafu had a stint...

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Drunken priest in cemetery suicide…After he steals, wrecks parish car

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The late Father Batsirai Marimbe

The late Father Batsirai Marimbe

Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
A ROMAN Catholic priest based at the Gweru Diocese Cathedral Church allegedly committed suicide after stealing and crashing a parish vehicle following a beer drinking spree.

Father Batsirai Marimbe, 31, allegedly drank poison and his body was found at Mutapa Cemetery in Gweru...

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3AM car crash lands socialite Skhonjwa in ICU

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3AM car crash lands socialite Skhonjwa in ICU

The silver Mercedes in which Babongile Skhonjwa (inset) crashed yesterday

Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
BULAWAYO socialite and comedian Babongile Skhonjwa is fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit of Mpilo Central Hospital after he was involved in a road traffic accident in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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Axed ministers step down, reaffirm loyalty to President

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Cde Flora Buka

Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau
THE seven ministers fired on Sunday for conduct and performance below the expected standard have accepted their fate and expressed gratitude to President Mugabe for affording them an opportunity to serve the nation.

President Mugabe fired Cdes Flora Buka (Minister of State for Presidential Affairs), Sylvester...

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More ministers sacked

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Tongai Muzenda

Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Mugabe has fired seven more ministers from the government for conduct and performance below the expected standard, bringing to 16 the number of ministers sent packing as the government gears up for the accelerated implementation of Zim-Asset in the post-congress period.

The 15 ministers, along with former Vice...

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VP Mnangagwa alludes to indigenisation law overhaul

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VP Emmerson Mnangagwa

VP Emmerson Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe Harare Bureau
Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will early next year pronounce new business policies aimed at relaxing indigenisation laws and promoting Foreign Direct Investment into the country.

Cde Mnangagwa told businesspeople who paid him a courtesy call at his farm in Kwekwe at the...

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New deadline for special SA permits

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Malusi Gigaba

Malusi Gigaba

Lovemore Mataire Harare Bureau
Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa have been urged to regularise their Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project Permits (DZP) before month-end by accessing the new Zimbabwe Special Permits as agreed between the Home Affairs Ministries of the two countries.

In a recent statement issued on the South...

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Dabengwa joins Mujuru

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Dumiso Dabengwa

Factmore Dzobo/Oswell Moyo Chronicle Reporters
ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa yesterday revealed that he was working with the ousted Zanu-PF heavyweights that include former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies to topple President Mugabe. Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club, Dabengwa said they had deliberated on a...

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No mercy for corrupt leaders: VP Mnangagwa

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Cde Mnangagwa

Cde Mnangagwa

From Tendai Mugabe in Chirumhanzu
ACTING President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said government will track down all suspected and reported cases of corruption and will leave no stone unturned to make perpetrators accountable for their actions. Cde Mnangagwa was speaking when he commissioned 68 A1 Settlement Permits in Chirumhanzu on...

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Cops get nod to search Mujuru properties

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Cde Mujuru

Harare Bureau
Police were on Thursday issued with warrants by the courts to search companies linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru as investigations into allegations of her corruption and abuse of office intensify. Mujuru was recently fired from government for behaviour inconsistent with the discharge of her duties.

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4 kids die in gas, petrol explosion

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Nqobile Tshili  Chronicle Reporter
THREE children were burnt to ashes while a fourth died on the way to hospital after a fire gutted a shop they were sleeping in at Tshipisane village in Matobo District in Matabeleland South province yesterday.Limukani Mnguni, 20, who was sleeping with the children, has been admitted to the United Bulawayo...

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Court protects prostitute from pimp

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Lethokuhle Moyo Court Reporter
A SELF-confessed prostitute from Sauerstown in Bulawayo has been granted a protection order against her boyfriend who allegedly beat her up if she failed to bring money after a night out of soliciting.Pamela Ndlovu applied for the order against George Msimanga who is unemployed.

She told Civil Court magistrate...

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Zim defends sale of live elephants

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Nduduzo Tshuma Senior Political Reporter
ZIMBABWE has defended the sale of live elephants saying the move was cleared by the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), but the United States’ opposition to the exports is a political move aimed at choking the country economically.The US recently banned elephant trophies imports...

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Murdered woman’s hubby demands compensation

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Sukulwenkosi Dube  Plumtree Correspondent
THE husband of a woman who was axed to death by her lover is demanding compensation from the man’s relatives.
Loveness Moyo, 34, was buried yesterday after she was axed to death on Tuesday by her domestic worker, Dereck Ncube, whom she was allegedly having an affair with in Vaka area, under Chief Tshitshi...

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Zimbabwe prepares to celebrate Unity Day

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Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Harare Bureau
As the nation celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Unity Accord signed between President Mugabe and the late Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo in 1987, Zanu-PF yesterday said pretenders and those who fanned factionalism have no place in the revolutionary party.The Unity Day celebrations are an annual event...

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Mutasa implicates Mujuru

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Cde Joice Mujuru

Cde Joice Mujuru

Harare Bureau
EMBATTLED former Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa has, through his utterances since being fired from the government, implicated ex-Vice President Joice Mujuru in the plot to subvert the authority of, and depose President Mugabe.Mutasa, who is in India where his wife is receiving treatment, has...

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ZEC dismisses Dabengwa application

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Justice Makarau

Harare Bureau
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said the commission cannot take over the responsibility of voter registration, and maintaining registers from the Registrar General’s Office in the absence of an enabling Act of Parliament.Responding to an application by Zapu leader  Dumiso Dabengwa...

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Miner shot dead in claim war

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
A 31-year-old gold miner was killed in cold blood following a bitter dispute over a mining claim in Fort Rixon, Matabeleland South.
Ernest Mudenda from Binga died after his employer’s rival, Blessing Ndiweni, allegedly shot him under the armpit and the bullet ripped through his chest, exiting through the other armpit.

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Congregants get $70,000 ‘miracle cash’

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Clement Mukwasi  Victoria Falls Correspondent
RELIGIOUS fever  gripped a Victoria Falls church after congregants allegedly received more than  $70,000  of miracle money in their bank accounts and through EcoCash while others claimed they had airtime topped up in their cellphones.A conference organised by the Christian Centre International Church...

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Killer herdsman had raped, case swept under carpet

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Sukulwenkosi Dube  Plumtree Correspondent
A herdsman who axed his married lover to death before turning on her niece whom he left for dead before committing suicide in Mangwe, had raped the girl a few weeks ealier but the matter was swept under the carpet, it emerged yesterday.Loveness Moyo, 34, was murdered by the man she employed to herd cattle,...

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BCC defies water cuts directive

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Loveness Bepete Chronicle Reporter
THE Bulawayo City Council has passed a resolution to resume water disconnections in defiance of a High Court ruling that declared the practice unconstitutional.The local authority has in recent months been threatening to embark on massive water cuts to recover about $90 million owed by residents, despite warnings...

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Mujuru graft probe begins

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Mujuru graft probe begins

Cde Joyce Mujuru

Harare Bureau
POLICE have opened investigations into allegations of corruption and abuse of office against former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who was recently dropped from both the Zanu-PF Central Committee and government. Over the past few weeks, serious allegations of high level corruption and abuse of office have been levelled...

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MPs grill Perm Sec over $305k Air Zim fraud

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Mr Munodawafa

Sharon Tawuya New Ziana
MUNESU Munodawafa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, has been tackled by MPs over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at Air Zimbabwe.Munodawafa, who previously worked as a principal director in former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s office, is n...

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