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Mphoko Sues Daily News for $50m

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Fidelis Munyoro Harare Bureau
VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko has sued Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the publisher of The Daily News, over a report claiming that he was “a sellout” and “enriched himself with the blood of the people of this country”.

Mphoko says the article was defamatory, and is demanding $50 million compensation from...

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Zim imports 400k set-top boxes

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George Maponga recently in Mberengwa
ZIMBABWE has started importing 400,000 television set-top boxes from China to enable locals to continue watching TV after switching from analogue to digital.

A set-top box enables a TV receiver to receive and decode digital television broadcasts and Zimbabwe is currently in the process of installing digital...

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Mazibisa theft trial begins

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Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
SUSPENDED Bulawayo lawyer Sindiso Mazibisa yesterday appeared in court facing a charge of theft of trust money amounting to over $300,000.

Mazibisa, 37, of Highmount suburb appeared before senior regional magistrate Trynos Hutahwashe, who remanded the matter to August 25 for commencement of trial.

Prosecuting,...

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War vets secure $150m for hospitals

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Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa

Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
THE Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association has secured a $150 million loan from an Indian bank for the construction of three hospitals in the country.

The Export Import Bank of India has, according to the Minister Responsible for the Welfare of War Veterans, Cde...

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Ban on second hand clothes

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Chronicle Reporter
FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday announced a 10 percent increase in import duty on second hand vehicles and a ban on the importation of second hand clothes.

Presenting the Mid-Term Fiscal Review in Parliament, Chinamasa increased surtax on imported second hand vehicles of five years and older to 35 percent from 25...

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I’ve no ambition to be President: Mphoko

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I’ve no ambition to be President: Mphoko

Vice President Mphoko stresses a point during a tour of Arda’s Antelope Estate in Maphisa yesterday. Listening from left are Arda Board chair Basil Nyabadza and Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Abednico Ncube

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko has rejected claims that he is angling to succeed...

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CIVIL SERVICE JOB CUTS LOOM

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  • Wage bill too high: Chinamasa

  • 1,000s of public sector jobs to go

Minister Chinamasa

Minister Chinamasa

Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Harare Bureau
THOUSANDS of public sector jobs will go after Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa (pictured top) yesterday announced plans to slash the bloated civil service wage bill from the current 80 percent of the national budget to below 40...

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Igwadla scuffle turns tragic

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Nqobile Tshili and Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporters
A DOMESTIC dispute turned tragic when a 25-year-old man from Insuza in Matabeleland North fatally struck his seven-month-old baby with a hosepipe while trying to beat up his teenage wife during a row over boiled maize.

Villagers said the incident happened on Monday evening.

Jefrey Tshuma is said...

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Cecil: what’s going on?

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Kennedy Mavhumashava Assistant Editor
AT LEAST five British national newspapers yesterday screamed in front page stories about Cecil, the lion that was killed by an American tourist, Walter Palmer, on July 1 at a game farm in Gwayi Conservancy.

The Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, The Mirror and The Independent — all British heavyweights — ran with t...

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Bill gives police shoot-to-kill powers

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Jessie Majome

Jessie Majome

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
POLICE will have powers to shoot suspects who resist arrest or attempt to flee from police custody under sweeping new powers.

The Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill, currently at the public consultation stage, will allow police to use lethal force, even on unarmed suspects.

Jessie...

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Vendors: Mugabe warns UK, US

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President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

Lovemore Mataire Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday said the government will not hesitate to kick out British and American ambassadors if they continue instigating chaos by funding vendors to resist relocation to designated areas in urban centres.

Officially opening the Global Small and Medium Expo in Harare,...

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CECIL SPARKS WORLD OUTRAGE . . . Hwange lion killers in court

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  • Cat most famous in the world

cecilLeonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
CLUTCHING a small brown bag, which appeared to have been made out of elephant skin, Theodro Bronkhorst was the face of anguish yesterday as he sat on a bench with his lawyer waiting to be called into a Hwange courtroom charged over the death of a lion.

Professional hunter Bronkhorst,...

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Developing story: Cecil-The-Lion killer granted $1000 bail

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Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion

Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter

PROFESSIONAL hunter, Theodro Bronkhorst, was yesterday granted bail after he appeared in court charged with failing to prevent the illegal hunting and killing of Cecil the lion at Antoinette Farm in the Gwayi Conservancy.

Bronkhorst of 16 Bernafay Lane, Riverside suburb in Bulawayo, who runs...

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New Bill okays early sex…Don’t punish kids who indulge, it proposes

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JESSIE-MAJOMEPatrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
THE new General Laws Amendment Bill recognises early sexual activities by children under the age of 16 as it is proposing that they should not be prosecuted for having sex with each other.

Gweru residents yesterday immediately blasted the bill saying the age of sexual consent should be raised to 18 years.

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‘FED UP’…Pasuwa walks out on Young Warriors

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Callisto Pasuwa

Callisto Pasuwa

Eddie Chikamhi Harare Bureau
ZIMBABWE’S Olympic Games dreams were in tatters yesterday after Young Warriors coach, Callisto Pasuwa, walked out on the team saying that he was “fed up” with Zifa for ignoring his plight and treating him as an outcast.

The latest fallout between Pasuwa and Zifa comes after revelations that the Association...

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Camouflage gang shoots white farmer

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soljaboyWalter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
A MAJOR police investigation is underway in Masvingo to hunt down a gang that put on army and police uniforms before launching violent raids on two white farmers in a space of a week.

In the latest incident, last Sunday, 53-year-old Jurie Schimper Christo was shot in the leg at his Edenvale Ranch.

Masvingo...

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Western sponsored parties trigger local funding review

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george charambaTendai Mugabe Harare Bureau
THE government will soon revise its position regarding funding of political parties from the fiscus following stunning admission by the MDC-T that three Western governments were bankrolling its preparations for the next harmonised elections in 2018.

The review might see the government completely stopping some political...

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First Lady has zeal for education: President

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First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe

First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe

Harare Bureau
President Robert Mugabe has said First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe has a zeal for education which has seen her working hard for her academic achievements, including the recent Doctorate she acquired from the University of Zimbabwe.

Addressing guests at a fund-raising gala in honour of Cde Mugabe’s Golden Jubilee h...

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MORE WOE FOR WORKERS…Shock new Supreme Court ruling…‘Allowances not a right’

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ziyambeDaniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
THE Supreme Court yesterday ruled that payment of housing, educational and other allowances is not a right to workers and employers are not obliged to pay them unless there is an agreement binding on the parties to that effect.

Justice Venanda Ziyambi, sitting with Justices Elizabeth Gwaunza and Antonia Guvava,...

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MDC-T in election boycott U-turn at West’s bidding

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Douglas Mwonzora

Douglas Mwonzora

Tendai Mugabe Harare Bureau
The West has once again admitted to funding the MDC-T as part of encouraging the embattled opposition party to participate in future elections. A delegation from the party will visit some European countries this week to receive funding.

This comes as the party has made a U-turn on participating in...

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Death penalty ‘inhuman, violates right to life’

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Death penalty ‘inhuman, violates right to life’

Members of the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs portfolio committee follow proceedings during a public hearing meeting at a city hotel yesterday

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
BULAWAYO residents yesterday told a parliamentary public hearing that the death penalty should be scrapped from the country’s statutes as it emerged that two d...

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Barbourfields cop ‘swallows bribe money’

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Bishop Mwembe in handcuffs

Bishop Mwembe in handcuffs

Shamiso Dzingire Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO police officer allegedly received a $3 bribe to allow three football fans entry at the $5-per-person ‘Wing’ terrace during Sunday’s epic clash between Dynamos and Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

Bishop Mwembe, 29, stationed at Mzilikazi police station, allegedly chewed up two...

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Council Hijacked…Workers’ cabal collects revenue, steers local authority

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Gweru Council workers stage a protest in this file photo

Gweru Council workers stage a protest in this file photo

Midlands Bureau Chief
LOCAL Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, has given Gweru City Council a 10-day ultimatum to recruit qualified personnel.

The 10 days expire next week.

Gweru City Council is being run by a workers committee team popularly known as...

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‘Highway robber’ arraigned for rape, kidnap

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Rape3Shamiso Dzingire Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO man linked to a notorious syndicate that has been terrorising motorists in “hotspots’ in Cowdray Park suburb has appeared in court. Butholezwe Ncube, 35, of Cowdray Park suburb is facing rape, kidnap and robbery charges.

Ncube together with two accomplices who are still at large, allegedly raped a woman in...

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RG’s office tells woman she’s dead

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Enelia Nkala

Enelia Nkala

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
A BULAWAYO elderly woman recently got the shock of her life when she was proclaimed dead by officials at the Registrar-General’s Office while trying to access a death certificate for her late sister.

Enelia Nkala, 85, from Mzilikazi suburb said she was shocked to learn that her national...

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Vuzu parties arrest: 16 pupils in ‘alcohol abuse, sex orgies’

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Vuzu parties arrest: 16 pupils in ‘alcohol abuse, sex orgies’

The house in Cowdray Park where pupils from various schools were rounded up by police during a “vuzu party” in Bulawayo yesterday

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
POLICE yesterday arrested 16 pupils from four schools in Bulawayo for conducting “vuzu parties’ at a house in Cowdray Park where they allegedly abused alcohol while engaging in sex or...

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ConCourt orders Konson retrial

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Danis David Konson

Danis David Konson

Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
THE Constitutional Court has ordered the retrial of a Bulawayo businessman, Danis David Konson, who was last year sentenced to death for fatally shooting his ex-lover.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku and seven others sitting as the Constitutional Court’s full bench, on Tuesday ruled that t...

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Businessman Mutorera nabbed over stolen car

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Dumisani Mutorera

Dumisani Mutorera

Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
BULAWAYO businessman and car dealer Dumisani Mutorera was yesterday arrested at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport for allegedly selling a stolen vehicle.

Mutorera who runs Club Forty40 and ChyCry Trading was cornered by detectives from the CID Fraud section upon arrival from South Africa at the...

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6,000 employees dismissed, unions appeal to President

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Felex Share Harare Bureau
NEARLY 6,000 people have lost their jobs since the Supreme Court ruling on July 17 and trade unions are appealing to President Robert Mugabe to immediately use his powers to stop the unilateral sacking of employees.

The unions appealed to President Mugabe to provide a stopgap measure that stops firms from firing people...

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RITUAL MURDER …Grade Zero girl, 4, found with body parts missing

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RITUAL MURDER …Grade Zero girl, 4, found with body parts missing

Peter Maseko sitting with villagers tells of the murder of his granddaugter (left). Maseko shows where the found the body (centre) and the late Princess Mpofu (right)

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent—
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD pupil from St Lucy primary school in the Kombo area of Insiza district has been found dead with her lips, liver and other...

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