Day: May 18, 2017

Ex-officer turns tables against senior cops

A former police officer and an informer for the President’s Office facing fraud charges has turned the tables on the police accusing them of covering up for the crimes of high ranking police officers he had exposed and using him as a scapegoat for the charges he is facing. Delish Nguwaya has applied for referral of his case to the con-court citing that his right to protection from the self incrimination has been infringed upon and he will not receive a fair trial. Nguwaya was recently arrested for the possession of cocaine and extortion and spent a month and a half in custody. His application placed before Harare Magistrate, Mr Themba Kuwanda accused the police of creating a side show by planting the drugs in his vehicle all in a bid to cover up for crimes committed by police Chief Superintendant, Nyaradzai Majachani and Superintendant, Shepherd Tachiona. Whilst being led by his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange who jointly represents the accused with Admire Rubaya Nguwaya, Nguwaya said he was arrested in a joint operation to weed out rogue elements from the Zimbabwe Republic Police represented by Superintendant  Vera and an officer from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). Nguwaya said after his arrest for allegedly extorting a Chinese national and businessman Baoning Guao and allegedly defrauding the businessman of US$20 000 together with Zanoi Vengayi, Clever Gadzikwa and Mbizo Nyathi he...

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ZRP pledges to step up its fight against crime

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has pledged to step up its fight against crime in Nhwali Gwanda south following complaints by community members over the increase in cases of stock theft, robbery and assault in the area. Following a report carried by the ZBC News where some community members in Nhwali Gwanda south have been left with permanent injuries due to an increase in assault and robbery cases, ZRP senior officers visited the area to have an appreciation of the obtaining situation. The villagers told the police that they were living in fear as the area has become a no go area at night while others bitterly complained that they are losing livestock on a daily basis to known cattle rustlers. Officer Commanding police in Beitbridge district, Chief Superintendent Francis Phiri said despite the picture painted by the community very few cases are reported to the police. According to the police, statistics show that there has been a reduction in cases of cattle rustling, with 12 cases having been reported between November 2015 and April 2016 compared to 6 cases recorded between November 2016 and April 2017. Other cases of concern in the area include domestic violence and drug...

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Justice Mutambanengwe’s body arrives

The body of the former High Court judge Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe who died on the 11th of this month in Namibia arrived in the country yesterday evening. The late will be buried in Dambakurimwa village in Mutare on Saturday. The body which was flown into the country by the Namibia Defence Forces was received by the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Acting Prosecutor-General, Advocate Ray Goba, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza, Politburo members, war veterans, representatives from the judiciary, relatives and friends. In an interview at the Harare International Airport, Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri said the late former High Court judge Justice Mutambanengwe played an important role in the liberation struggle and is remembered for sourcing weapons that were used during the Chinhoyi battle. Cde Muchinguri says the late High Court judge championed the emancipation of women by promoting laws that empower women. She said Cde Mutambanengwe has been offered state assisted burial in recognition of the role he played for the country. Advocate Goba described the late Justice Mutambanegwe as a father figure who served with distinction in the country’s judiciary system as well as the Namibian judiciary system. Family spokesperson, Mr Cornelius Sanyanga who thanked government for offering state assisted burial said the body will lie in state at his home in Mandara before being taken...

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Zim celebrates International Museums Day

Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Museums Day. This year the day was commemorated at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. It was a day to remember especially for the students as they celebrated International Museums Day by showcasing song and dance performances. Also on display were exhibitions portraying the traditional story of Zimbabwe. This year’s event highlight a very special and specific theme, says Thandazani Dhlakama who is the curator for education and public programming at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. The International Museums Day provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them on the challenges that museums...

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Zim mining industry eyes increased growth

Zimbabwe’s mining sector is eyeing improved performance of over US$1.9 billion in annual revenue through the adoption of strategies geared to sustain the current growth momentum and the improvement of the operating environment. Strategies to unlock the potential of the domestic mining sector and positioning of the industry to benefit from the projected boom is set to dominate discussions during the ongoing 78th Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines annual general meeting taking place in the resort town of Victoria Falls. The local mining industry representative body is bullish of growth in the sector after the resilience demonstrated by the sector in 2016 which saw earnings from the sector reaching US$1.94 billion while output surged was up by eight percent. Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines immediate past president, Mr Toyendepi Muganyi says there is need for both government and mining industry players to plan for the anticipated boom. Meanwhile, the 78th Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe -AGM has ushered in a new executive with Bindura Nickel Corporation managing director, Mr Batirayi Manhando elected as the new president and will be deputised by Mrs Elizabeth Nerwande-Chibanda as well as Mr Kenneth Makane. Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Walter Chidhakwa is the honourary vice president of the mining industry body. Running under the theme, “Growth to Boom, Imperatives for Mining Success,” the gathering will see delegates deliberating on  legislative issues affecting the sector,...

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Zim gets raw deal from insurance companies

Most Zimbabweans are getting a raw deal from insurance companies after it has emerged that they are made to wait forever for the disbursement of funds meant for compensation, while in some cases victims are left to suffer on their own despite provisions which compel the insurance companies to cover some of the payments. The introduction of the multi-currency regime by the government in 2009 has seen most Zimbabweans losing their servings while most insurance companies threw their business ethics out of the window as they began to give clients a raw deal. Making presentations during some public hearings on the motor vehicle accident fund, an accident victim gave a touching tale of how he had to endure payment of bills while a father to a child who passed on during an accident had to bear costs despite the need to get some funding from insurance companies through the third part insurance, in line with the provisions of the law. An analyst, Mr Benson Mukandiwa says it is high time all businesses operating in the country adhere to basic business principles for the development of the country. Zimbabweans now pin their hopes on the setting up of the motor vehicle accident fund which could cover the gap created by medical aid and other insurance companies through compensating accident survivors and relatives of people who perish in...

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Insurance fraud on the increase: IPEC

The Insurance and Pension Commission (IPEC) says there has been an increase in insurance fraud which calls for proper tests on investors, directors and key personnel in the insurance industry. The increase in insurance fraud emerged at the two day workshop in the capital which attracted stakeholders in the industry as well as financial auditors with a view to come up with ways of curbing fraud in the insurance sector. IPEC commissioner, Tendai Karonga said there has been an increase which impact negatively on emerging companies adding all companies must improve their internal processes through minimising the use of manual systems. Forensic auditor, Mr Proctor Nyemba said the workshop is meant to equip employees on how to detect insurance fraud considering that companies continue to lose millions of dollars due to illicit transactions. The insurance sector has been constrained like any other sector in the economy and it is during these trying times that most employees engage in fraudulent...

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GMB depots brought closer to farmers

The government and the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) initiative of establishing Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots within a radius of ten kilometres will ensure that no grain is lost and it will give easy access of the market for farmers. Farmers have welcomed the initiative to lessen transport costs and ensure that there is little or no grain loss as the harvesting season gets to its peak. President of the ZFU, Mr Abdul Credit Nyathi said this year`s bumper harvest is the best in 37 years. He said a combination of good rains and the command agriculture programme initiated by the government has led to the bumper yield. Mr Nyathi further stated that they are still awaiting modalities for the implementation of the command livestock programme by government where the dryer regions of the country such as Matabeleland North and South as well as Masvingo and parts of Midlands are expected to get a lion’s share under command livestock as they form the country`s ranching...

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Liberation war hero Cde Berejena buried

The late Cde Nicholas Muvuro Berejena who passed away on Monday and was declared a liberation war hero was laid to rest at Glenforest Cemetery in Harare with full military honours. In a speech read on her behalf by deputy director, Mr Ignatius Mungure, Harare Metropolitan Province Minister of State Cde Miriam Chikukwa described the late Cde Berejena as decorated freedom fighter who sacrificed his life to sabotage Rhodesian infrastructure in the fight for Zimbabwe’s liberation. Friends and relatives said they had lost a leader and adviser in the family. Born on 21 August 1944 in Musana communal lands, the late Cde Berejena began his political career in Mbare and masterminded burning of Murewa Cattle Research Station in Chitowa in 1963. He fled to Zambia and in 1964 was deployed to North Korea for military training. He returned to Zimbabwe in 1965 and was arrested by the Smith regime in 1966 where upon he was shuttled between several prisons from 1967 to 1974. At independence he was part of the first group to join the Ministry of Mines as a clerk and rose through the ranks to chief executive officer of the mining provident fund. He is survived by his wife Abigail, four children and four...

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President Mugabe commissions two big projects

The President, Cde Robert Mugabe has officially commissioned Zimbabwe’s largest inland water body,  the Tokwe-Mukosi in Masvingo Province. Addressing thousands of people at the commissioning, Cde Mugabe said he is impressed and overwhelmed that the construction of the dam was finally completed despite having taken long due to financial challenges. “This joyous moment demonstrates the government commitment to ensure its people get enough food. The construction of this dam started way back in 1998 and due to economic challenges it took time but today we are here to witness the commissioning of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam. The dam was completed...

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