Four Bulawayo suspects appear in court over R24m gold and copper heist

Four Bulawayo suspects appear in court over R24m gold and copper heist

FOUR people were arrested in Bulawayo last month, in connection with a R24 million gold and copper heist which made headlines in South Africa after police from that country seized a vehicle containing the minerals, while the suspects got away.The four suspects, who all reside in Bulawayo, are Tinashe Mpofu (28), Zimiseleni Masibi (47), Mduduzi Ndlovu (28) and Gloria Nhema (32).Mpofu is facing multiple charges for contravening various sections of the law. He was initially…

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‘Government could soon outlaw any marriage with under 18s’-Mugabe

‘Government could soon outlaw any marriage with under 18s’-Mugabe

Government could soon outlaw any marriage with persons below the age of 18, President Mugabe has said. Mugabe said this in Harare yesterday amid national debate on court precedents allowing children as young as 12 years old to legally consent to sex and even marriage. Addressing child parliamentarians at the official opening of the 23rd Session of the Junior Parliament, which coincided with the Day of the African Child commemorations at Parliament Building, President Mugabe…

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MP Jessie Majome asks ‘Is Prosecutor General Tomana a public offender or protector’

MP Jessie Majome asks ‘Is Prosecutor General Tomana a public offender or protector’

Harare West MP Jessie Majome has questioned if the Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana was a protector of public offenders following his remarks that the twelve year old girl child should be asked if she is prepared for marriage or not indicating that such a child has a right to choice of life and not imposition of issues.”Public protector or public offender?” ashed Majome. “If Prosecutor General Tomana said this he must go! It would mean…

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‘Arrest those who marry child brides,’ says Mnangagwa

‘Arrest those who marry  child brides,’ says Mnangagwa

VICE-PRESIDENT and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has said Government will channel more resources to protect children’s rights. At commemorations of the Day of the African Child and official opening of the 23rd Session of the Junior Parliament, VP Mnangagwa said Government was committed to educating every child. “Government will continue to support children to go to school and become educated. An educated person will not give preference to marriage,” he said….

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Zhombe Man axes neighbour, slices body and sets his dogs to feast on corpse

Zhombe Man axes neighbour, slices  body and  sets his dogs to feast on corpse

A 25-year-old man from Zhombe – Shingirirai Makonza brutally murdered his neighbour by striking him with an axe and slicing him with a machete before setting his dogs to feast on his butchered remains. That was sparked by a grudge over a woman and happened last week. Makonza allegedly killed his neighbour Keith Nyambira with whom he had a long-standing dispute over a woman. According to Sunday News, in December 2013 the now deceased Nyambira…

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Magistrate blacks’ out before sentencing man to 40 yrs’:- Zimbabwean juju superstition??

Magistrate blacks’ out before sentencing man to 40 yrs’:- Zimbabwean juju superstition??

There was drama at Chinhoyi regional court last week when magistrate Never Katiyo got stuck to his crown chair and suffered a temporary blackout in a suspected case of juju (muti use) as he delivered judgement against a 38-year-old man accused of raping his teenage maid three times. The rapist, Willard Chimanikire, according to the NewsDay, was eventually slapped with a 40-year prison term after being convicted of raping his 15-year-old housemaid sometime in February…

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Mugabe, says African leaders snub his invites to visit Harare, and blames the West.

Mugabe,  says African leaders  snub his invites to visit Harare, and blames the West.

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, a much-criticised frequent flier, has revealed that some African leaders have snubbed his invites to visit Harare. And, as with everything else that goes wrong in Zimbabwe, Mugabe blamed western countries for the rebuffs. Mugabe made the revelation while seeing off Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who made a three-day stopover in Harare after attending the African Union summit in South Africa. Speaking at Harare international airport, the veteran leader said leaders…

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Tapiwa Chikanga, (32) who ripped 83 yr old’s stomach open, is sentenced to death

Tapiwa Chikanga, (32) who ripped  83 yr old’s stomach open,  is sentenced to death

MASVINGO: A High Court judge has sent a man to the gallows for ripping open an 83 year old man’s stomach and stealing his $5,000 which the elderly villager had just received as compensation for relocation from Tokwe Mukosi. Justice Francis Bere sentenced Tapiwa Chikanga, 32, from Chivi to death with an additional 20 years in jail for two other robbery crimes he committed to other flood victims. The judge said Chikanga deserved the death…

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‘Mugabe must fire Prosecutor General Tomana now!’ -say Child Rights groups

‘Mugabe must fire  Prosecutor General Tomana  now!’ -say Child Rights groups

CHILD and women’s rights activists have demanded that Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana immediately resigns or, failing that, be fired after he appeared to suggest that 12-year-old girls could consent to sex and that they should be listened to if they wanted to get married. Tomana made the remarks in an interview with the Bulawayo Chronicle but he was beating a hasty retreat Friday after widespread outrage over the comments. Audio recordings of the interview also…

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More Zanu PF damage control as Mugabe castigates ‘Tomana’s girl child marriage ideas’

More Zanu PF damage control as Mugabe castigates ‘Tomana’s girl child marriage ideas’

President Robert Mugabe has commended the child parliamentarians for exhibiting maturity in the debates they carried out during the official opening of the 23rd Session of the Children’s Parliament in Harare today. Mugabe, who was addressing the same gathering, castigated early child marriages saying girls should not be seen as ripe for marriage judging by their physical appearance. He said child marriages cause irreparable damage to girls and denies them the right to personal development…

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