Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials

Mphoko in dramatic escape from Zacc officials 1

By Bulawayo Correspondent FORMER Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko on Monday staged a gangster style escape from Bulawayo’s Tredgold Magistrates Court when he heard of his imminent arrest by some Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zaac) officials who were in the court building. The once influential former government official faces allegations of abuse of office during his short lived tenure as one of former President Robert Mugabe’s deputies. It was not immediately clear what had brought him to the court building in the first place. NewZimbabwe.com witnessed Mphoko being driven off at high…

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Another blow for MDC as police ban Bulawayo demo

Another blow for MDC as police ban Bulawayo demo 3

By Staff Reporter POLICE in Bulawayo have banned an MDC demonstration which was planned for the city this Monday to protest rising poverty levels in the country under the Zanu PF led government and to demand what the main opposition feels should be a genuine dialogue process to remedy the national crisis. The Nelson Chamisa led party had planned rallies for Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo. However, police on Thursday moved to issue a prohibition order against the Harare demonstration, igniting an angry reaction by agitated MDC supporters who…

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Court dismisses petition against MDC Bulawayo demo

Court dismisses petition against MDC Bulawayo demo 5

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO High Court Judge, Thompson Mabhikwa Sunday dismissed an urgent chamber application filed by a grouping of Zanu PF aligned organisations and individuals who were seeking to stop an MDC Alliance demonstration set for the second largest city this Monday. One of the MDC lawyers, Nqobani Sithole told NewZimbabwe.com the petition was dismissed by Justice Mabhikwa for being “improperly” before his court. “The judge ruled that the applicants were improperly before the High Court since they were supposed to have approached the magistrate courts. “The judge also…

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Fix the politics in order to fix economy, says Chamisa to ED

Fix the politics in order to fix economy, says Chamisa to ED 7

By Anna Chibamu MDC leader Nelson Chamisa Friday urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to make right, the country’s toxic politics insisting this was the best remedy to a rampaging economy. He was addressing the media in the wake of a brutal police clampdown of a party demonstration by police in Harare. “A lot of people think that the crisis in Zimbabwe is an economic crisis. Far from it,” Chamisa said. “It is a political crisis. Fix the politics in order to fix the economy. “The crisis in Zimbabwe is a crisis…

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27 MDC supporters in court over violent demo

27 MDC supporters in court over violent demo 9

By Idah Mhetu SOME 27 suspected MDC supporters were hauled before a Harare magistrate, Saturday charged with participating in an illegal demonstration on the previous day. According to the group’s lawyer Jeremiah Bhamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, processes to acquire bail will begin on Monday. “They are being charged with participating in a public gathering with intent to cause breaches of peace. They are 27 in all who appeared in court on about nine charges but in the detail the State argues they participated in an illegal…

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Chamisa vows more protests despite Harare ban

Chamisa vows more protests despite Harare ban 11

By Anna Chibamu MDC president Nelson Chamisa has vowed his party shall organise more protests despite a police ban – later endorsed by the courts – on a demonstration the main opposition had planned for Harare on Friday. Addressing journalists in Harare on Friday, Chamisa blamed the ban on President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He warned the Zanu PF leader would one day meet his waterloo even if he uses strong arm tactics to suppress opposition to his rule. “We are clear this is a long winter of discontent and expression for…

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Sex fracas earns MDC aligned Chief Ndiweni 18 months jail

Sex fracas earns MDC aligned Chief Ndiweni 18 months jail 13

By Bulawayo Correspondent FIREBRAND Ntabazinduna traditional chief and fearless government critic Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni was Friday slapped with an 18 month jail term after having been found guilty of destroying a villager’s property. However, 23 of his co-accused escaped with lesser sentences of 525 hours each of community service at Ntabazinduna clinic and two other primary schools in the area. Magistrate Gladmore Mushove sentenced Ndiweni to 24 months imprisonment but suspended six months on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period. Mushove on Thursday convicted…

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FOILED DEMO: Police, Presidential Guard beat up, teargas protestors

FOILED DEMO: Police, Presidential Guard beat up, teargas protestors 15

By Leopold Munhende ARMED Presidential Guard and police’s para-military Support Unit had to fire teargas into a swelling crowd of protestors outside President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Munhumutapa offices, Friday afternoon. Thousands of protestors had marched from Africa unity Square, down Jason Moyo Avenue to Mbuya Nehanda before turning back onto Nelson Mandela, back to Africa Unity Square; proceeded to 4thStreet Bus Terminus and then headed to Mnangagwa’s offices. The protestors who were chanting anti-Mnangagwa and Pro-Chamisa slogans were intercepted by the Presidential Guard a couple of metres from where Mnangagwa’s presidential…

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MDC demo called off; but supporters besiege Harare

MDC demo called off; but supporters besiege Harare 17

By Mary Taruvinga HARARE was turned into a war-zone mid-morning Friday following the High Court’s decision to technically reject the opposition MDC’s application to have a prohibition ban imposed by police on its planned demonstration. While officially the party announced it had called off the protest march, supporters still turned up into the central business district in their hundreds with running battles breaking out with hordes of police who had tried to cordon off Africa Unity Square without success. High Court Judge Justice Joseph Musakwa dismissed MDC application before he…

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Police defy Mnangagwa, ban MDC demo

Police defy Mnangagwa, ban MDC demo 19

By Staff Reporter POLICE have banned the planned demonstration by the MDC which was set for this Friday, defying President Emmerson Mnangagwa who gave the nod for the opposition to proceed with its protest. The MDC had called for the demonstration to register its growing disgruntlement over the fast deteriorating economic situation in the country as well as pressure Mnangagwa to convene “genuine” dialogue meant to remedy the situation. But in shock turn of events Thursday night, police issued a prohibition order against the holding of the protest, setting the…

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