Cottco trio up for $2 million fraud

By Anesu Madiye The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) was allegedly defrauded of $2 212 613,37 by three of its senior staff, who have since been suspended. Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) The three – Pius Manamike (acting director), Brighton Chibhamu (treasurer) and Lameck Machumi (sales and marketing officer) – appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa. They were released on $500 bail each and will be back in court on December 7. Related Articles Allegations are that in May 2017, the three, acting in common purpose, hatched a plan…

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Council in $8m real estate deal

By Innocent Ruwende Harare City Council is set to partner Gary Thompson and Associates in an $8 million deal to redevelop Mount Pleasant Golf Club and construct more than 275 eco-friendly homes and a hotel around the complex. The plans include the construction of a shopping centre and a world-class clubhouse. Gary Thompson According to the recent minutes of the Business Committee, Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango sought authority to enter into negotiations with the company for the development of Mount Pleasant Golf Club. “In his report, the Town Clerk…

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Warriors forward dreams big

By Eddie Chikamhi After sitting out four solid months due to a nasty knee injury, Warriors forward Tino Kadewere feels he has recuperated on time to help the country realise the dream to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon next year. Tino Kadewere The 22-year-old forward suffered significant ligament damage to his left knee in July apparently at a time he had hit top form while turning out for Swedish outfit Djurgardens. Kadewere had gone on a scoring spree that catapulted him to…

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Bulawayo musicians mourn Joe Maseko

By Bongani Ndlovu The news of prominent Bulawayo music producer Joe Maseko’s death has rocked the local music fraternity as he was a man who gave many artistes in the city a chance to record their works at his House of Rising Sounds studio in Gwabalanda. The late Joe Maseko Maseko (44) died at a clinic in Luveve on Saturday evening after a short illness. Artistes such as Sandra Ndebele, Jeys Marabini, Diliza from Stiff, 3 Kings of the Seqamabhilidi fame, Achuzi, Iyasa and the late Beater Mangethe had their…

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August 1 victims dead before soldiers arrived, army chiefs claim

HARARE – On an extraordinary and defining day in the quest for the truth over the August 1 military massacre on the streets of Harare, the men who made the key decisions on that day all totally denied they had signed off on the killing of opposition protesters. Zimbabwe Defence Force Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda and Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga both admitted the legality of the army’s deployment in Harare was questionable, but they both believe President Emmerson Mnangagwa authorised the brutal clampdown at the end of which…

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Sex worker brutally murdered in Gweru

By Patrick Chitumba A commercial sex worker was allegedly raped and brutally murdered by her client last week in Mkoba Village 5 suburb. Precious Tshuma’s neighbours claimed that she was a known sex worker who used to frequent bars in Mkoba 6. File picture of a commercial sex worker “She was staying with Lillian Bhiseta and her brother Claudius,” said Mrs Mary Sibanda, a neighbour. “On the Tuesday last week at around 1930hrs Precious Tshuma (32) left home and headed for Mpambadzire Nite Club, Mkoba 6, Gweru. She was in…

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Train, haulage truck collide

By Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu One person sustained injuries after a train collided with a haulage truck at a railway crossing along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road. One person sustained injuries after a train collided with a haulage truck at a railway crossing along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident which occurred on Sunday at around 5PM at the 280 kilometre peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road near Lutumba area. She said the driver of the haulage truck, Mr Kisten Chirenje (40), failed to give way to…

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One year after coup, Zimbabweans ask: what has changed?

HARARE – One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. Tanks rolled in the streets of the capital, Harare, on November 14, 2017, and the military put Mugabe under house arrest, in reaction to Mugabe’s firing of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans danced in the streets to celebrate the end of Mugabe’s repressive rule that had brought ruin to the once prosperous economy. Mugabe, then 92, soon resigned, ending his 37-year rule. A year later Zimbabwe’s economic problems have worsened and…

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Tendai Biti wants prosecutor to recuse himself as trial starts

HARARE – The trial of MDC MP Tendai Biti on charges of contravening the Electoral Act commenced on Monday with the human rights lawyer challenging the involvement of Michael Reza as the lead prosecutor. As trial commenced before Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa, the Harare East MP filed an application objecting to the involvement of Reza as lead prosecutor. Biti’s lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa, Alec Muchadehama and Jeremiah Bamu told magistrate Takundwa that Reza should recuse himself from prosecuting Biti as he was not fit to be a prosecutor. The lawyers charged…

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Binga North MP Joel Gabbuza charged for ‘insulting’ Mnangagwa

HARARE – Binga South MP Joel Gabbuza has been charged under harsh laws that criminalise criticism of the President, his lawyers said. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said Biti was arrested and charged for allegedly insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In a brief update, the lawyers said: “In Zimbabwe, authorities are stepping up their clampdown on citizens and today the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights secured $200 bail for Binga South MP Joel Gabbuza.” The lawyers said police had arrested Gabbuza after he allegedly told mourners at a funeral that…

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