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Zanu-PF activist implicated in fraud

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Harare Bureau
ZANU-PF activist Fidelis Fengu is being implicated in a case in which he is alleged to have fraudulently pretended to be the principal immigration director and forged a letter for a Chinese national to be issued with a resident permit.

Shu Xiaofeng is reported to have paid $2,500 for the services. Fengu’s other accomplice, Francis H...

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Zanu-PF Bulawayo reprimands youth secretary Togarepi

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Cde Pupurai Togarepi

Cde Pupurai Togarepi

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
ZANU-PF Politburo members from Bulawayo province have reprimanded the party’s national youth secretary Cde Pupurai Togarepi for jumping the gun after he declared that Bulawayo provincial youth chairperson Cde Khumbulani Mpofu, who is facing extortion charges, has no case to answer.

Cde...

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Suspected robber in court

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Thandeka Moyo Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO man was yesterday arraigned for an armed robbery allegedly committed in 2008.

Hezekiel Sibanda of Entumbane suburb allegedly robbed Ben Mambayo, 53, from Glengary Crescent of a televison set, two cellphones, groceries and a blanket.

Sibanda, together with an accomplice, only identified as Collen in court and...

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7-man gang in $9,000 shop heist

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7-man gang in $9,000 shop heist

Gloria Moyo (left) and Harry Tshuma

Whinsley Masara Chronicle Reporter
A GANG of seven men, one clad in police anti-riot gear and armed with a rifle, axes and knives, struck at Badala Business Centre in Inyathi where they got away with cash and property worth more than $9,000 from a shop and a house belonging to a prominent businessman in the area.

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Salary structure for councils set

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Farirai Machivenyika Harare Bureau
THE Government has set up a salary structure for management at local authorities and has written to the Harare City Council where it has pegged the Town Clerk’s salary at $10,475,75 per month in line with efforts to cut expenditure on salaries to enhance service delivery.

The new salary structure was confirmed by...

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AFRICA FOR AFRICANS . . . Nigerian billionaire to invest fortune in Zim

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AFRICA FOR AFRICANS . . . Nigerian billionaire to invest fortune in Zim

President Mugabe and the vice presidents Emmerson Mngangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko welcome Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote and his group executive director Devakumur Edwin at State House in Harare yesterday

Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau
AFRICA’s richest man, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, says he is ready to invest billions of dollars in Zimbabwe’s eco...

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6 family members perish in accident

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Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
SIX members of the same family died when a Nissan truck they were travelling in sideswiped with a South African registered Audi sedan at Mavise turnoff along the Harare-Masvingo highway near Mvuma on Saturday.

Chirumhanzu Rural District Council employee, Charles Nyika, died on the spot while his wife, their...

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I’m in love with my maid: ‘rapist’ boss

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Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
A MARRIED Bulawayo man accused of raping and impregnating his domestic worker has produced WhatsApp messages to prove he had consensual sex with her.

Milton Ndlovu, 36, allegedly raped his 23-year-old maid in May while his wife was away.

He appeared before regional magistrate Crispen Mberewere, facing two...

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Police nab 57 vuzu party youths

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Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
POLICE in Bulawayo arrested 57 youths, while scores more escaped by scaling a precast wall during a midnight raid at a vuzu party in Lochview suburb.

The vuzu party craze is sweeping across the city, with children indulging in marathon unprotected sex sessions and substance abuse at the shindigs.

The youths, aged...

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Businessman ‘beds married woman for 2 years, threatens husband’

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Kudakwashe Chitemere

Kudakwashe Chitemere

Thandeka Moyo Chronicle Reporter
A Bulawayo man is living in fear after a married businessman whom he alleges is having a love affair with his wife, allegedly told him he was connected to Zanu-PF and threatened to make him disappear.

Kudakwashe Chitemere, a franchisee with a leading mobile communication service provider, has...

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Byo High Court officials arrested over $300 con

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Shamiso Dzingire Chronicle Reporter
POLICE in Bulawayo have arrested a registrar of the High Court and the Assistant Sheriff for allegedly conning a resident of $300.

The Assistant Sheriff, Prosper Moyo, 26, and Moses Mketiwa Muna, 47, allegedly connived to issue a fake receipt to Henry Mhlanga, 50, who was seeking a confirmation letter for a...

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20,000 teachers to be fired . . . Dokora cracks whip on unqualified educators

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Minister Dokora

Minister Dokora

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter
MORE than 20,000 untrained teachers may become jobless next year as the government has finalised the documentation for standards, which recommends exclusion of unqualified personnel from schools, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora has said.

He said the documentation of the...

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We’ve no capacity to pay workers packages: CZI

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Busisa Moyo

Busisa Moyo

Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter—
THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries yesterday said employers have “no capacity” to pay packages to some 25,000 workers they dismissed on three months notice in terms of the July 17 Supreme Court ruling.  Clause 5 of the Labour Amendment Bill that President Robert Mugabe signed into law o...

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Housing scam…Nigerian pastor ‘cons’ partner of $70k

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Marvelous Moyo Gwanda Correspondent—

A NIGERIAN businessman and pastor of the Liberation Centre in Bulawayo, Oma Alphonsus Achinulo, allegedly swindled his Zimbabwean business partner of more than $70,000 in a botched deal, a magistrate heard yesterday. Gwanda regional magistrate, Joseph Mabeza heard this when, Achinulo, 48, of Suburbs in...

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15 feared dead in SA mine blast

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau—

Emergency teams had by yesterday recovered the bodies of six illegal miners, five of them Zimbabweans who died in a mine blast in Benoni, 35km outside Johannesburg, South Africa. At least 15 Zimbabweans and Mozambicans are believed to have died after a generator they were using in the disused underground...

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Man killed over shared girlfriend

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Man killed over shared girlfriend
Shamiso Dzingire Court Reporter

TWO Bulawayo men allegedly ganged up to brutally murder a man who was having an affair with one of the duo’s girlfriend. Ndodana Moyo, 26, and Meli Ncube, 20, allegedly continuously punched Bhekisipho Ncube, whose age was not given in court, and banged his head against a tarred road in Iminyela suburb on Monday. A...

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Deal sealed..Labour Amendment Bill becomes law

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Labour-Laws
Clemence Manyukwe News Editor—

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has signed into law the Labour Amendment Bill, to repeal common law provisions that had been used by employers to fire workers on three months’ notice, in a development that will bring relief to workers who were being sent home empty handed. The law was fast-tracked through Parliament,...

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President implores judiciary to lead anti-corruption fight

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President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter—
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday decried corruption in the judiciary saying the vice negates the fundamentals of separation of powers. In a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the official opening of the Southern African Chief Justices Forum Conference,...

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Civil service overhaul…Millions to be saved on wage bill…Deputy headmasters to lose posts

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George Charamba

George Charamba

Felex Share Harare Bureau—
CIVIL servants must brace for major changes in the coming few weeks following the submission of the civil service manpower audit report to President Robert Mugabe yesterday which contains a host of recommendations aimed at plugging unnecessary expenditure. The audit report, compiled by the Civil...

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Single again?…Tsvangirai dumps wedding ring

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Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai

Nduduzo Tshuma Political Editor—
EMBATTLED MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday fuelled speculation of deepening troubles within his marriage to Elizabeth Macheka after making a public appearance in Bulawayo without his wedding ring. Tsvangirai, who is in the city for meetings with members of his party, deepened the...

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Rape pastor trial: Victim’s brother turns hostile witness

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Greatness Tapfuma

Greatness Tapfuma

Thandeka Moyo Court Reporter—
THE trial of a controversial pastor from Cowdray Park suburb in Bulawayo who allegedly turned a congregant, 16, into a sex slave and infected her with HIV and genital warts, took a new twist yesterday when the girl’s brother told the court that his sister made up the rape story. The man, who ca...

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Master plan…President lays out economic recovery blueprint

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Master plan…President lays out economic recovery blueprint

President Mugabe delivers the State of the Nation Address in Parliament yesterday

Prosper Ndlovu and Nduduzo Tshuma Chronicle Reporters—
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday outlined a 10-point economic recovery plan anchored on a robust agriculture revolution and advanced value addition and beneficiation of the country’s vast natural r...

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Illegal miners threaten $206m Bulawayo-Harare highway

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Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief—

A 30-kilometre stretch from Kwekwe to Munyati River Bridge along the Kwekwe–Harare highway is under threat from illegal panners and registered mines whose operations are now approaching the shoulders of the road. So bad is illegal gold panning that the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has engaged...

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Oxford varsity research lion kills tour guide

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The late Quin Terrence Swales

Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter—
HE defended six tourists from being attacked by an angry pride of lions during an early morning photographic safari, but professional guide Quin Terrence Swales is now dead after one of the predators slit his throat. The big cat christened Nxaha, like Cecil the Lion before it was killed by American...

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BREAKING NEWS: Bosso fire Mafu

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Sports Reporter
Highlanders Football Club have today fired coach Bongani Mafu.

According to reliable sources at Highlanders, Mafu was handed his letter of dismissal this morning.

Reports last night suggested he had been given more time to stop the rot at struggling Bosso but it has now emerged that the club’s executive did not want to announce...

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UPDATED: Gumede clarifies Mafu situation

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Grace Chingoma Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS Football Club have dismissed circulating rumours  that they have fired coach Bongani Mafu and said the coach has actually been given a one-match ultimatum and would be relieved of his duties should the team fail to win against pacesetters Chicken Inn on Sunday at Barbourfields.

The club’s chief executive N...

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Dead teachers want salaries…They apply for reinstatement after headcount

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Raymond Majongwe

Raymond Majongwe

Felex Share Senior Reporter
THE government’s call for 2,207 teachers recently struck off the payroll to prove that they are not ghost workers has unearthed more corruption as among the 178 who have responded so far are dead people and others who left the service several years ago.

A verification exercise by the Civil Service...

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Fugitive ‘wife killer’ nabbed

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ArrestPatrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
Gweru businessman, Webster “Dzatu” Chiteta who is facing charges of killing his wife and has been on the run for the past 11 months, has been arrested. Chiteta, 36, popularly known as Dzatu in the streets of the Midlands capital, was supposed to appear before the High Court which was in circuit in Gweru last...

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South Africa approves permits for 185, 000 Zimbabweans

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Malusi Gigaba

Malusi Gigaba

Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
The South African government yesterday said it will complete the processing and issuing of work and study permits for 200,000 Zimbabweans who applied to regularise their stay in that country by end of next month.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba yesterday said his ministry had adjudicated 99.7 percent...

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Pay freeze teachers appeal

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  • Minister Dokora promises immediate action
  • Union representatives decry red tape delays

-LAZARUS DOKORAHarare Bureau
CIVIL servants will today engage the government over non-payment of their salaries after the employer instituted an audit that saw thousands struck off the payroll.

Half of the 3,000 government workers not getting their salaries since July are said to...

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