Chief Ndiweni faces jail time after he is remanded in custody over ‘property destruction’

Chief Ndiweni faces jail time after he is remanded in custody over ‘property destruction’ 1

BULAWAYO – Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, the outspoken Ntabazinduna traditional chief, faces jail time after he was convicted of malicious damage to property on Thursday. Ndiweni, an outspoken critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime, was spending the night in a jail cell at Khami Prison after Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Muzambi remanded him and 23 others in custody to Friday for sentencing. The magistrate’s decision to order the 24 detained strongly hinted that they all face jail time. The crime came be dealt with by way of a fine, but it can…

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Binga hospital terror baboons disrupt surgeries, steal from expecting mothers

Binga hospital terror baboons disrupt surgeries, steal from expecting mothers 3

BULAWAYO – Imagine you are a hospital patient undergoing a surgical procedure, and a baboon suddenly lands next to your bed. Terrified at the thought? Well, consider patients and medical staff at Binga district hospital who daily have to fight off the primates which have caused untold damage. Roofing sheets have been destroyed by baboon troops, and occasionally the animals misjudge their swings and land among patients. Expecting mothers who cook their own meals recount how the baboons emerge from the nearby mountains and valleys as they prepare lunch and…

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Lupane East by-election set for August 3, Zanu PF to decide on Mthuli Ncube

Lupane East by-election set for August 3, Zanu PF to decide on Mthuli Ncube 6

BULAWAYO – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promulgated August 3 as the date for the Lupane East by-election. The seat fell vacant following the death of Zanu PF’s Sithembile Gumbo on April 15. The proclamation was published in the government gazette on Friday. Gumbo, who was also the Zanu PF women’s league secretary in Matabeleland North, won a hotly contested election in July last year, beating 11 other candidates. She polled 7,875 votes, beating closest challenger Dalumuzi Khumalo of the MDC Alliance who polled 5,791 votes. In the crowded field, Given…

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We assisted Dumiso Dabengwa during sickness: Kembo Mohadi

We assisted Dumiso Dabengwa during sickness: Kembo Mohadi 8

BULAWAYO – The Zimbabwe government financed the late ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa’s medical flight to India, Vice President Kembo Mohadi said on Thursday. Dabengwa died aged 79 in Nairobi, Kenya, while returning from New Delhi where he was being treated for liver disease. Mohadi said they had contemplated sending a private jet to bring him home after medical staff and commercial airlines expressed concern that he was too weak to travel. The Vice President did not say why the plan was abandoned and Dabengwa was put on a commercial airline,…

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Outspoken Chief Ndiweni attacked by men claiming to be CIO

Outspoken Chief Ndiweni attacked by men claiming to be CIO 10

BULAWAYO – Outspoken Ntabazinduna traditional leader Chief Nhlanhla Ndiweni has asked police to investigate after men claiming to be from the “President’s Office” accompanied by known Zanu PF activists tried to grab his official vehicle on Wednesday. Chief Ndiweni had just stepped out of the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Courts at about 11.30AM when he says he was confronted by about six men who were standing next to the driver’s door of his Isuzu truck. “They don’t produce identification, they don’t want me to know who they are. All they say is…

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Chief Ndiweni a ‘national security threat’, charges war vets’ Matemadanda

HARARE – The secretary general of the war veterans’ association on Monday labelled Chief Nhlanhla Ndiweni a “security threat” after the outspoken traditional chief claimed President Emmerson Mnangagwa would not finish his five-year term. Chief Ndiweni, of Ntabazinduna, told reporters at the Media Centre in Bulawayo last Friday that the mounting economic and political crises would collapse Mnangagwa’s government, which he described as “temporary”. Victor Matemadanda, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association, called for the chief’s arrest in an interview with the ZBC. “That’s a security…

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Dumbutshena, Chihambakwe reports ‘have been lost’: NPRC chairman

BULAWAYO – Reports of two government commissions of inquiry into post-independence massacres in Matabeleland and the Midlands “have been lost”, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) says it has been told. Retired High Court judge Selo Nare, whose commission will shortly carry out public hearings into the 1980s massacres and propose a way forward, says they asked the government for the reports of the Dumbutshena Commission of Inquiry which investigated the events surrounding the Entumbane uprising between November 1980 and March 1981; and the Commission of Inquiry into the…

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