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Choppies boss bullish after boardroom fights

BY NKULULEKO SIBANDA RECENTLY IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA THE reconstituted board of retailer, Choppies, says it is seized with a herculean task of turning around the company’s fortunes and making the enterprise profitable following a boardroom upheaval. Choppies chief executive, Ramachandran Ottapathu was suspended by the board on a number of …

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Chivi Messenger of Court suspended

BY GARIKAI MAFIRAKUREVA THE Justice ministry has suspended Chivi Messenger of Court Albert Meke Chamwadoro, who is facing allegations of fraud after minister Ziyambi Ziyambi roped in the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) to lead investigations against him. Masvingo provincial magistrate Tadiwanashe Gofa confirmed the suspension which came into effect last …

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Suspended Chief Magistrate Guvamombe causes furore at court

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE There was a near fistfight at the Harare magistrates’ Court yesterday when suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe’s alleged mistress demanded US$10 000 she claimed to have paid to lawyers to facilitate his divorce from his wife. Guvamombe, who is now back with his wife, a former assistant …

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Village heads blast RG’s Office

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA Some traditional and community leaders in Mashonaland East province have called on the Registrar-General’s Office to decentralise and stop the habit of going into the rural areas during election periods. Speaking during public hearings held in Marondera recently on challenges people are facing in acquiring national documents, …

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MSU student wins Anzisha Fellowship Africa award

BY DARLINGTON MWASHITA A 21-YEAR-OLD Midlands State University (MSU) student, Marvellous Nyongoro, has been nominated as one of the top 20 budding entrepreneurs by the Anzisha Fellowship Africa. Nyongoro is an accounting student at MSU and is doing industrial attachment at the university. He founded The Housing Hub which is …

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‘Underfunding derails justice delivery system’

BY RICHARD MUPONDE SHORTAGE of money to pay for the expenses of witnesses in criminal cases at courts in Matabeleland has affected the smooth running of the courts as some unpaid witnesses fail to come back to testify, leading to delays in finalising some matters. The phenomena is said to …

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Police quash Nust protest

BY PRAISEMORE SITHOLE Anti-riot police on Monday stopped a National University of Science and Technology students protest and picked up their representatives for questioning. Nust’s Bulawayo campus students were protesting over lecturers who have not been reporting for duty after they downed tools two weeks ago citing incapacitation. “Lecturers have …

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‘Power outages cripple mining sector’

BY VENERANDA LANGA CHAMBER of Mines chief executive Isaac Kwesu yesterday said the high cost of electricity coupled with massive power outages will drastically affect output and growth in the mining sector. Kwesi made the remarks while appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines where he was contributing towards …

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Local Govt ministry bids for $7 billion in 2020 budget

BY RUTENDO MATANHIKE The Local Government ministry is bidding for $7 billion in next year’s national budget, acting permanent secretary Joseph Mhakayakora told Parliament yesterday. Mhakayakora told the Rutendo Chikukwa-chaired Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing that the ministry had eight programmes among them policy …

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Arrest warrant issued against Khumalo

BY CRAIG MOYO BULAWAYO magistrate Tinashe Tashaya yesterday issued an administrative warrant against MDC chairperson Thabitha Khumalo for failing to show up in court yesterday. Khumalo (58), senator Helen Zivira Mpofu (44), Tendai Masotsha (45), Elliot Mujeri (34), Tinashe Matimbura (28), Meliqiniso Sithole (42) and Shelton Tembo (35) were supposed …

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