Soldiers kill former Lesotho, Army Commander Mahao, & Opposition Leaders Flee

MASERU – Lesotho is in the grip of another reign of terror with the killing of former Lesotho army commander Maaparankoe Mahao by soldiers, while all opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Tom Thabane, have fled the country.. The army commander Tlali Kamoli, who mounted a brief coup against Thabane last August, appears to have launched a campaign to get rid of Thabane loyalists. Mahao – whom Thabane appointed as army commander last August after…

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Top (RBZ) executives on US$780,000 fraud charges , bailed but remain in detention

Top  (RBZ) executives on  US$780,000 fraud charges ,  bailed but remain in detention

THREE top Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) executives accused of $780,000 fraud, were last week granted bail despite opposition from prosecutors who say they were a flight risk. However, they all remained in custody after the State invoked a legal provision that suspends bail pending appeal. Fidelity Printers and Refiners chief operating officer, Godknows Hofisi, 41, finance director, Tinashe Wellington Mbengegwi, 35, and finance manager, Ronald Madhara, 47 were granted $1,000 bail each by Harare…

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‘Dead of the night ritual at Save River, fails to bring back 16yr old allegedly abducted by mermaids’

IT was a ceremony that never was for a Chipinge family in Manicaland Province after a 16-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by a mermaid in the mighty Save River could not be released seven months after her assumed abduction.She is now feared dead, and the family has been shuttling between traditional healers in a desperate bid to retrieve her from the part of a river where the mermaid reportedly lives. The girl identified…

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‘All traditional leaders are expected to be pro-Zanu PF and can never be apolitical’ : Emmerson Mnangagwa

‘All traditional leaders are expected to be pro-Zanu PF and can never be apolitical’ : Emmerson Mnangagwa

  Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared that all traditional leaders are expected to be pro-Zanu PF and can never be apolitical. Addressing a Ministry of Justice constitutional advocacy meeting in Masvingo on Friday, Mnangagwa said Zanu PF only agreed to allow clauses that prohibit traditional chiefs from being involved in politics in the new constitution due to pressure from MDCs during the power-sharing government. “Traditional leaders cannot fail to know the right people [Zanu PF]….

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New Miss Zimbabwe, ‘Annie-Grace Mutambu’, assaulted and robbed in apparent kidnap bid

THE new Miss Zimbabwe, Annie-Grace Mutambu, escaped an apparent kidnap attempt Friday night during which she was assaulted and robbed of a laptop and mobile phone. The incident occurred in Harare’s Craneborne suburb and relatives said the beauty queen was bruised and recovering at home. Mutambu recently took over the poisoned Miss Zimbabwe chalice after Emily Kachote was dethroned over nude photos reportedly leaked by a former lover. Kachote’s predecessor was also mired in similar…

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‘Bring your army, and the army will be strongly resisted in the streets’ , Morgan Tsvangirai dares Mugabe

‘Bring your army, and the army will be strongly resisted in the streets’ , Morgan Tsvangirai dares Mugabe

THE opposition MDC-T party’s leader has challenged President Robert Mugabe to “bring on the military and we meet in the streets”, warning that any attempt to use the country’s security forces to drive out informal traders will be “strongly resisted”. An army general warned vendors that they would have the military to deal with if they ignored an order by local government minister Ignatius Chombo to vacate city centres. The government later backtracked; with defence…

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FINANCE minister ‘Patrick Chinamasa’, blames MDC-T for US$5m by-election bill

FINANCE minister ‘Patrick Chinamasa’, blames MDC-T for US$5m by-election bill

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa has accused the opposition MDC-T party of causing the country to incur “unnecessary costs” though by-elections. The government is struggling with a serious financial crisis as revenue streams dry up due to the collapse of hundreds of companies in a worsening economic environment. Chinamasa last week told the Senate that the move by the MDC-T to expel rebel MPs who crossed the floor to MDC Renewal forced the country to incur…

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1,000 cops fired over graft, says Home Affairs deputy minister ‘Ziyambi Ziyambi’

1,000 cops fired over graft, says Home Affairs  deputy minister ‘Ziyambi Ziyambi’

MORE than a thousand police officers have been expelled from the country’s law enforcement agency in the past three years for corruption related offences, absenteeism and a host of other misdemeanours, a senior government official has revealed. Addressing backbenchers in parliament last week, Home Affairs deputy minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said at least 1,161 cops were dislodged from the ZRP since 2012. The Zanu PF Mashonaland West interim chair had been asked by Southerton MP Gift…

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Gweru ZESA employee (39), jailed 9 years for raping ( 4) year old daughter

Gweru ZESA employee (39),  jailed 9 years for raping  ( 4) year old daughter

  A ZIMBABWE Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) employee who recently appeared before the court in Gweru on allegations of raping his 4-year-old daughter was on Friday slapped with an effective 9 years in jail. The man, who cannot be named to protect identity of the child, is 39 years old and lives in Gweru’s Mkoba 6 suburb. Regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire sentenced him to 12 years but conditionally suspended three years. Nemadire said…

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A grand opposition coalition could be announced “soon”, says Morgan Tsvangirai

A grand opposition coalition could be announced “soon”, says Morgan Tsvangirai

A GRAND opposition coalition could be announced “soon”, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai revealed Saturday, adding that Zimbabweans “are on the brink of an exciting political moment”. However, other opposition stalwarts and former colleagues in the MDC, Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti, have emphatically ruled out working with Tsvangirai who already has  some relationship with the likes of Simba Makoni of Mavambo Kusile. An alliance with Lovemore Madhuku’s NCA which was routed by Zanu PF in…

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