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Cyclone Idai: 4 die in Bikita, 220 homeless

FOUR people were killed and 220 others left homeless in Bikita after Cyclone Idai spread to Masvingo province at the weekend, district development co-ordinator Bernard Hadzirambwi told journalists on Tuesday after a meeting with Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira. Parts of Masvingo province, including Bikita, Zaka, Gutu and Masvingo …

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Guvamombe’s bail conditions relaxed

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE A HARARE magistrate yesterday relaxed bail conditions for suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe who is accused of criminal abuse of office. Guvamombe who appeared before magistrate Lucy Mungwari successfully applied to have his bail conditions, which restricted him from travelling more than 50 km out of Harare, …

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Midlands police issue weapons ban

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA POLICE in the Midlands province have banned the carrying of machetes and other dangerous weapons to curb rising murder and robbery cases, the Southern Eye has established. In recent years, the province has recorded an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured, particularly during …

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National dialogue useless: Busha

BY OBEY MANAYITI FreeZim Congress party leader Joseph Busha yesterday described the national dialogue initiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as a useless exercise that will not take the country forward. Mnangagwa recently invited losing presidential aspirants for talks to share ideas on how to move the nation out of the …

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Shurugwi woman hacked to death

BY BRENNA MATENDERE A MACHETE-WIELDING man last week went on a rampage and hacked a 40-year-old female vendor to death and left two other people seriously injured, police in Shurugwi have said. The incident happened at a night club in the gold-mining town on Friday last week. “Judith Ruzive died …

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Hwende challenges lawfulness of his arrest

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE Kuwadzana East legislator Chalton Hwende (MDC Alliance) yesterday filed an application challenging his arrest and remand, arguing that the tweet that got him in trouble with the State was his democratic right to freedom of expression. Hwende, who was represented by Harrison Nkomo, told magistrate Learnmore Mapiye …

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Jailed Zinara boss out on $5k bail

BY CHARLES LAITON Former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) acting chief executive Moses Julius Juma, who was last October slapped with a two-year jail term for criminal abuse of office, breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after being temporarily released on ZWR$5 000 bail pending appeal.= Juma was convicted …

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Cops intercept smuggled energy drinks

Police detectives have intercepted a large consignment of smuggled goods including livestock products and 27 tonnes of a banned energy drink. Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, chief veterinary import and export officer at the Department of Veterinary Services, Chenai Majuru said all imported livestock products needed a licence and have …

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‘Cyclone death toll could spike’

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA/TAPIWA ZIVIRA THE number of people killed by Cyclone Idai-induced floods in the eastern part of the country could spike following revelations that current official statistics could be excluding figures from Dzingire Growth Point, popularly known as Kopa in Chipinge which was possibly the hardest hit area, but …

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BPRA elects new executive

BY NQOBANI NDLOVU THE Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) has elected a new 19-member executive for a four-year term, with labour expert and human rights defender Ambrose Sibindi landing the chairmanship. The new executive was elected at the 2019 BPRA convention, that drew delegates from BPRA’s 29 ward structures in …

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