A man who went around telling people that he was a senior army officer and duped youths of their cash by promising them jobs had his racket uncovered by the Police when he failed to pay a prostitute for services provided.

Shepherd Tshuma was found with O and A level certificates belonging to different people throughout the country when the Police searched his lodgings.

The court heard that Tshuma (30) of Tsambala Village, Chief Siabuwa in Binga met Simangaliso Ncube last month

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD pupil from St Lucy primary school in the Kombo area of Insiza district has been found dead with her lips, liver and other body parts missing in a suspected case of ritual murder.

Princess Mpofu, a Grade Zero pupil, did not return home from school on Monday, sparking panic among villagers who immediately constituted a search party which found her mutilated body in a pond at around 7AM on Tuesday.

The incident struck fear into villagers said they suspected the child

Government yesterday resolved to amend the Labour Act expeditiously to stem inconsistencies in the labour market which have seen companies sacking employees willy-nilly and almost empty-handed on the basis of a recent Supreme Court judgment.

The ruling delivered last Friday indicated that firms could terminate contracts of employment upon issuing three months' notice without offering an explanation or following the retrenchment route.

Public Service, Labour and Social Services

CABINET will today be seized with the plight of workers who are being dismissed willy-nilly by companies following a ruling by the Supreme Court last week that firms can terminate contracts of employment upon issuing a three months notice. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said in an interview yesterday that by tomorrow, the hundreds of workers who have been sacked under the same ruling will be told of a solution to their plight.


ZANU-PF secretary for transport, Oppah Muchinguri, shocked members of the Politburo when she stormed out of a meeting held at the party's national headquarters on Wednesday last week in the middle of President Robert Mugabe's speech in which the veteran leader appeared to be dressing her down.

Muchinguri is in the middle of a storm triggered by a leaked audio tape she was recorded reportedly scheming against her political opponents in her home province of Manicaland.


POLICE have released the names of the seven people who were killed in Tuesday's horrific head-on collision which occurred about 20km from Kwekwe along the Kwekwe-Gweru highway.

A Honda Fit which was travelling towards Gweru collided head-on with a Mazda B2200 that was transporting security guards in the Kwekwe direction.

Police Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said a majority of the dead were from Kwekwe.

He said the dead were:
1. Blessing Gonga of Mbizo in

A TRADITIONAL healer was expected to destroy trouble makers at Mlibizi village in Binga, Matabeleland North, but tables turned against him as suspected goblins reportedly proved their supremacy by killing him during a cleansing ceremony.

It is reported that there was drama when villagers who had gathered to witness the ceremony scurried for cover when the traditional healer collapsed while trying to destroy the alleged goblins.

Headman Albert Mwembe confirmed the reports.


POLICE in Victoria Falls have arrested a Bulawayo man in connection with the murder of a Mosi-oa-Tunya High School pupil who was picnicking with her boyfriend close to the Victoria Falls Rain Forest last Wednesday.

Nhlanganiso Luphahla, 35, of Old Pumula, and his accomplice, Augustine Ncube, allegedly murdered Praise Mpofu, 16, before throwing her body into the river.

Praise who was doing Form Four, was in the company of her lover, Brian Dube, 21, also an Upper Sixth pupil at the

First Lady Grace Mugabe's alleged ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe are haunting Zanu PF again after a faction linked to her began distributing campaign T-shirts that have become a new source of friction.

The T-Shirts inscribed Vanhu vose kuna Amai (Let's all rally behind the First Lady) were first distributed early this month at the launch of a Zanu PF housing project in Kadoma where Grace was the guest speaker.

Zanu PF officials against the 50-year-old former

There was drama in the National Assembly yesterday when MDC proportional representation member Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga waved used panties in the House before charging at Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu-PF) whom she accused of undermining her on the floor, culminating in her ejection from Parliament.

This was after Cde Wadyajena pulled Ms Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s jacket and passed a comment that they go outside.

The comment did not go


Thousands of people in the capital will soon be homeless as Harare City Council has embarked on a massive demolition of illegal structures in 19 undesignated settlements that have been identified.

PIC: A Harare City Council front-end loader destroys an illegal brick-under-tile house belonging to a Morning Glory Housing Cooperative member in Warren Park D yesterday.

Harare has been under MDC-T councillors since 2000, and the opposition-dominated council stands accused of fomenting

As the deadly factional and succession fights within President Robert Mugabe's warring Zanu PF get nastier, minister of State for Mashonaland Central, Martin Dinha, confirmed last night that his political enemies wanted him dead — vowing, however, that he was neither going to resign nor stop supporting the nonagenarian.

Dinha received an AK47 bullet and a threatening message in the wee hours of Monday morning, telling him to step down or risk suffering the same fatal fate that

A FORMER police officer was found dead on Saturday night in a disused telephone booth while still clutching onto a bottle of beer he was earlier seen drinking.

Andrew Ncube, 45, who was nicknamed Scud as a result of his binge-drinking was found naked in an old telephone booth behind TM supermarket surrounded by empty cans of beer and a bottle of whisky in a suspected case of alcohol poisoning.

Binge drinking is the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single


A very, very, very sex starved teenage maid from Bulawayo's Gwabalanda suburb yesterday told a magistrate the "devil" tricked her into "raping" her employer's two-year-old son.

Senior regional magistrate Mark Dzira sentenced Melissa Ncube, 18, to 10 years in prison for forcing the tot to have sex with her. Ncube, who pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault, was caught when the boy approached his mother asking her to do what Ncube had been doing with

A SHERIFF of the Harare High Court backed by riot police raided the home and party headquarters of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday in an attempt to seize property worth around half a million US dollars, state television reported.

Neighbours stood in the streets to watch as the Messenger of Court and his entourage tried to force their way into the mansion of the former prime minister in broad day light.

Tsvangirai and his party have been embroiled in a dispute with 17

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