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Age of consent debate goes into higher gear: ARREST THE PARENTS: MPs

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parlyLloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau
Parents or guardians who accept lobola from men seeking to marry girls under 18 years may in future face prosecution together with their children’s suitors if a motion before Parliament is approved and incorporated into the statutes.

In the debate on a motion which began on Thursday, legislators want the age of marriage for...

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Businessman swindles partner of $145,000

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Prisoner+in+jail+cell+prisonThandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO businessman was yesterday sentenced to six years in prison for swindling his business partner of $145,880. Tonderai Chakamanga of Burnside suburb was found guilty of stealing from Hetnesh Suman Patel — a co-director in their companies — Zambezi Filling Station and Patbro Seals in Victoria Falls.

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Commuters’ lives in danger as kombi wars emerge

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Commuters’ lives in danger as kombi wars emerge

A commuter omnibus picks passengers at an undesignated pick up area along 6th Avenue in Bulawayo yesterday

Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporter
A turf war between kombis and pirate taxis has emerged in Bulawayo’s urban routes, threatening the lives of commuters. At times the wars involve commuter omnibus crews as they fight for the odd customer during...

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James burial tomorrow

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Chronicle Reporter
PROMINENT Bulawayo lawyer Joseph James, who died on Sunday, will be laid to rest at Lady Stanley in Bulawayo tomorrow.

James, a former president of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Family friend Delma Lupepe, who is also the Zimbabwe Newspapers Group chairman, said a service would be held...

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Byo water can last up to 2017

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Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter

THE Bulawayo City Council’s water supply dams are 57.02 percent full, with the local authority confident that at the current consumption rate, supplies are guaranteed to last until October 2017.

This will come as good news to residents, who in the past few years have had to endure water cuts and rationing.

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Apostolic sects mull college

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Lovemore Zigara Midlands Correspondent
AN organisation representing the interests of Apostolic and Zionist churches is mulling establishing its own theological college in a move aimed at preserving the dignity of the sects.

The Union for Development of Apostolic Churches in Zimbabwe (UDACIZA) said the absence of theology on the Apostolic and...

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4 top cops now commissioners

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Freeman Razemba Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has with immediate effect promoted four senior police officers to the rank of commissioner and 454 others to the ranks between inspector and senior assistant commissioner.

Of the 454, fourteen were promoted to the rank of senior assistant commissioner, 32 assistant commissioner, 45 chief...

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Essar still in Zim — Bimha

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Minister Mike Bimha

Minister Mike Bimha

Harare Bureau
INDUSTRY and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha says Essar Africa Holdings Limited is still around, contrary to reports that the Indian investor had pulled out.

The Minister said Essar was actually working with the government on some challenges that had arisen when the investor took a break during the period of the...

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Minister dissolves Potraz board over ‘rancid corruption’

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Minister Supa Mandiwanzira

Minister Supa Mandiwanzira

Fidelis Munyoro Harare Bureau
THE government has dissolved the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (Potraz) board with immediate effect over rancid corruption, gross abuse of financial resources and poor corporate governance at the establishment.

Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier...

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CHILD #5 MISSING . . . Fear grips Nkulumane, Emganwini

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missingBulisile Mguni Chronicle Reporter
THE working-class suburbs of Nkulumane and Emganwini were gripped by fear yesterday as police reported that a FIFTH child had gone missing.

Winnie Museredzo, 14, of Nkulumane 12, is the latest to mysteriously disappearances.

Winnie, a Form 1 pupil at Ncumbatha Secondary School, went missing on June 9. She is the...

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Build public trust, NPA told

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Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau
THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must earn its trust from members of the public by combating crime anchored on a results-based approach, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

He made the remarks in Harare yesterday when he met members of the NPA.

VP Mnangagwa said the institution must endeavour to develop...

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Zim-Asset: First Lady challenges private sector

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Felix Share Harare Bureau
FIRST Lady Cde Grace Mugabe says the success of the government’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset, lies solely in the hands of Zimbabweans.

Speaking in Kadoma yesterday, she said it was through good infrastructure that the country could attract investors and foreign students.

“We can reach that point. The private sector, like w...

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Burglars raid Queens Club bar

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Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
BURGLARS raided Queens Sports Club bar on Sunday night, allegedly blew open a safe before taking off with more than $2,500 and an assortment of goods including a flat screen television set,a projector, bottles of expensive whisky, spirits, beer, cigarettes, packets of biltong, peanuts and cartons of matches.

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Bomb scare grounds AirZim plane

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Bomb scare grounds AirZim plane

Police details with sniffer dogs search the exterior of a Boeing 767 at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo yesterday after a bomb hoax had been raised through a note left in the plane

Whinsley Masara and Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Reporters
A BOMB scare at the Joshua Mqabuko Airport yesterday grounded a Harare-bound Air Zimbabwe...

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Croc kills Zimbabwean in SA

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Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
A ZIMBABWEAN man died after he was attacked by a crocodile, allegedly while on an illegal fishing expedition in South Africa.

According to News24, Gibson Mkhondo, 44, is suspected to have been attacked by a crocodile on Saturday while illegally fishing at Klipvoor Borakalalo Game Reserve in the North West...

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Mnangagwa not Justice Minister

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Mnangagwa not Justice Minister

Vice President Cde Mnangagwa

Daniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
VICE-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, but was simply assigned by President Mugabe to oversee the functions of the ministry in terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Constitutional Court established yesterday.

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Whitestone pupil sues school over fees exclusion

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Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
A GRADE Seven pupil at Whitestone Primary School in Bulawayo has filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court challenging her expulsion from the school over non-payment of school fees.

Zoe who is the first applicant and her father Shorai Zonde, the second applicant, through their lawyers,...

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STOP IT! . . . First Lady wades into age of consent row

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  • Warns Tomana could be ‘kicked out’

First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe

First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe

Felex Share Harare Bureau
FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday said people who believe children as young as 12 years can consent to sex should be fired from their posts as they were inimical to national development and the proper upbringing of children.

In remarks that appeared to be...

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VICTORY FOR KIDS

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VICTORY FOR KIDS

Thabitha Khumalo

Noleen Makhurane Chronicle Reporter
TWO Bulawayo magistrates were hailed as “courageous” by a campaigning MP yesterday after they sent two men to jail for having sex with children.

Bulawayo Central MP Thabitha Khumalo has vocalised growing public anger against the courts for handing out community service sentences against child sex...

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Man kills cousin over $1

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Lenin Mhlophe

Lenin Mhlophe

Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter
A MAN killed his cousin by striking him with a knobkerrie on the head following a heated argument over the dollar-rand exchange rate, a court heard yesterday.

Lenin Mhlophe, 23, of Sibantubanye Village in Filabusi appeared before Justice Lawrence Kamocha at the Bulawayo High Court charged with...

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Fuel abuse at DDF: audit

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Fuel abuse at DDF: auditZvamaida Murwira Harare Bureau
THE District Development Fund (DDF) has been rapped for failing to account for fuel worth $1.6 million amid indications that individuals within the entity were drawing huge quantities of fuel equivalent to an allocation of a government ministry, an audit has revealed.

Auditor General Mildred Chiri said there was...

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Langa fights for Lochard settlers

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Cde Andrew Langa

Cde Andrew Langa

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Insiza North MP Cde Andrew Langa has said he is engaging higher offices to block the impending eviction of families settled on Lochard Farm in the constituency.

About 2,000 families have been declared illegal settlers and ordered to vacate the farm, which they have called home for more than 10 years, by 31 July.

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Fourth pupil vanishes in Emganwini

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Chronicle_0630_p001Bulisile Mguni and Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporters
POLICE in Bulawayo are cracking their heads as they try to solve a cryptic puzzle where school pupils disappeared mostly in Emganwini and Nkulumane on a monthly basis for a period stretching from February to May.

Yesterday, The Chronicle published the story of three pupils that went missing in...

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Couple kills son, 3

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shallow-graveWhinsley Masara and Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Reporters
A man from Umguza in Matabeleland North allegedly connived with his wife to kill their handicapped three- year-old-son and later secretly buried him in a shallow grave.

Jeremiah Sibanda, 32, and his wife who is in her early 20s, were arrested on Saturday after police received a tip-off from...

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Girl, 12, raped, dad drops charges

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court hammerThandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A NKAYI father yesterday withdrew a criminal case against a relative who raped his 12-year-old daughter saying the family had agreed to settle the matter out of court.

In an affidavit submitted before regional magistrate Abednico Ndebele, the rape victim’s father said he wanted the matter to be withdrawn.

The girl was...

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Have you seen them?

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Have you seen them?Bulisile Mguni Chronicle Reporter
POLICE in Bulawayo are searching for three pupils who went missing between March and April this year. Bulawayo police spokesperson, Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo, identified the missing children as Nontobeko Yolanda Nkomo, 10, of Nkulumane 12, Alington Shereni, 15, and Cyril Ndlovu, 15, both of Emganwini.

He said...

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DYNAMOS 3-2 HIGHLANDERS: BOSSO CRY FOUL

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bossoSikhumbuzo Moyo Senior Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS were robbed of a deserved point away to Dynamos yesterday after a legitimate goal was inexplicably chalked off for offside by assistant referee, Bongani Gadzikwa, from Murewa.

Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu, whose team battled valiantly, especially in the second half, blasted: “It’s sad really. We ca...

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Drug, sex binge pupils arrested

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naughty-kidsAuxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
SIXTEEN pupils from Milton High, Townsend Girls’ High, Pace College and Girls’ College, were arrested on Friday after they were caught drinking and abusing dangerous drugs at Centenary Park in Bulawayo.

The pupils, all clad in school uniforms, were arrested and taken to Bulawayo Central Police station facing...

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VP Mphoko warns land barons

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VP Mphoko warns land barons

VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
VICE-President Phelekezela Mphoko has warned individuals who usurp the duties of land officers by illegally occupying and allocating land, saying they risk arrest.

Speaking at Mvuto Primary School in Umguza District, Matabeleland North on Friday, VP Mphoko said land gained under...

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Speaker not fit to declare seats vacant: Chidyausiku

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Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

Daniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau
THE Speaker of the National Assembly has no mandate to announce or declare any vacant seats when political parties withdraw their legislators in terms of Section 129(1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has said.

He made the observation in the case...

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