Category: Crime and Courts

Mzembi, Undenge remanded to 27 Feb

Former cabinet ministers, Samuel Undenge and Walter Mzembi, who are both facing corruption and abuse of office related charges, have been remanded to the 27th of February. Former Foreign Affairs Minister Mzembi, who is represented by Job Sikhala, was arrested on the 5th of January and faces abuse of office charges after he allegedly donated four television sets sourced by the government in preparation for the 2010 World Cup to the United Family International Church, Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry and Zion Christian Church. Mzembi’s matter was remanded to the 27th of February at the instance of the state...

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Spare a thought for deaf people

While perpetrators of sexual violence in most cases go scot free, the agony of abuse for deaf victims of sexual assault often go unnoticed due to communication barriers and culture faced when seeking help. Language barriers, limited access to information about their rights as well as isolation from the general hearing population are some of the impediments that often lead to most cases of sexual assault within the deaf community to go unreported. “Most rape victims choose to suffer silently for fear of being victimised by perpetrators,” said Deaf Zimbabwe Trust Lucia Masauso. Zimbabwe Open University Associate Professor Disability...

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Makandiwas have a case to answer: Court

United Family International Church (UFIC) founder and leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife Ruth have a case to answer after a High Court judge ruled that there is merit in a US$6,5 million lawsuit lodged by former congregates over alleged false prophecies. In a fresh twist to the US$6.5 million false prophecies lawsuit pitying Oceane Perfumes business couple Blessing and Upenyu Mashangwa, High Court judge Justice David Mangota has ruled in favour of the business couple. The Makandiwas through Advocate Lewis Uriri had sought the quashing of the US$6.5 million claim by the Mashangwas on the basis that secular...

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Police hunt for US$90k fraud suspect

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is looking for Lameck Karombo in connection with a case of fraud amounting to US$90 000. In a statement to ZBC News, National Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said on 21 December 2017, Karombo is suspected to have transferred a total of US$90 000 from an institutional account to his personal Agribank account. Police say the suspect has gone into hiding. Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba appealed to anyone with information of Karombo’s whereabouts to report to the nearest police station or to contact the CID Commercial Crimes Division Northern Region on 04-753545 or...

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Masvingo High Court reflects on achievements

The speedy completion of cases brought before the Masvingo High Court is proof that the court which became operational in September 2016 is now well established. This was said by Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe during the official opening of the 2018 legal year at the Masvingo High Court. Last year, Masvingo High Court registered a significant rise in the number of civil and criminal cases. Of the 274 civil cases received, 205 were completed, while 778 of the 968 criminal cases that were received were also completed. Justice Chiweshe said these statistics indicate that the Masvingo High Court is now well established. Justice Chiweshe also noted that the unique Operation Restore Legacy, led by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, has opened up the democratic space and enhanced the rule of law in the country. As the justice sector works on its quest to decentralise the operations of the High Court, another permanent station is expected to be opened in Mutare in the course of 2018. The judge president said depending on the availability of resources, further provincial structures will be opened across the...

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