A STUDENT teacher who failed to control his sexual desires and caressed a fellow passenger's private parts in a commuter omnibus has been fined $100. Collins Mhise (35) was convicted of indecent assault by Mutare magistrate, Miss Nyasha Kuture. Mr Shepherd Chavarika prosecuted.

It was the State's case that Mhise fondled the 21-year-old complainant's breasts and went on to caress her private parts as they were travelling from Hob-House to the City Centre along Magamba Road

SECONDARY school pupils from distant villages in Bulilima District are allegedly offering sex to owners of houses that are close to their schools as payment for accommodation. Villagers from the district are constructing low cost boarding facilities at some secondary schools to help curb the accommodation challenge faced by pupils.

A number of the children are walking long distances for their education. Councillor for Tshankwa Ward, Toni Mlotshwa, said the low-cost boarding facilities

FOUR suspected armed robbers who terrorised EcoCash agents in Harare and conducted transactions using fake money have appeared in court.

Vincent Timozo (29), Mickey Gilbert (37), Geoffery Kasipo (30) and Takudzwa Mauruka (22) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo on Tuesday. They are facing armed robbery and six counts of fraud charges. Mr Mapfumo remanded them in custody to September 8.

Prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira alleged that on June 29, at an EcoCash shop at

Civil servants must brace for major changes in the coming few weeks following the submission of the civil service manpower audit report, which contains a host of recommendations to plug unnecessary expenditure, to President Mugabe yesterday.

The audit report, compiled by the Civil Service Commission at the instruction of Cabinet, will guide the implementation of key reforms in the public service sector.

This comes a day after the President's State of the Nation Address in which

Troubled MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday fuelled speculation of deepening troubles within his marriage to Elizabeth Macheka after making a public appearance in Bulawayo without his wedding ring.

Tsvangirai, who is in the city for meetings with members of his party, deepened the mystery when he skirted questions from journalists on why he was not donning his wedding ring during a press conference.

"Very, very observant indeed," Tsvangirai responded. "Is it

Long-suffering Zimbabweans yesterday united in criticising President Robert Mugabe's State-of-the-Nation Address in Parliament, with the nonagenarian's foes and supporters alike all variously describing the speech as "useless" and "hopeless" in light of the country's accelerating economic meltdown.

Unconvinced legislators from the opposition MDC heckled Mugabe throughout his uncharacteristically short 30-minute speech, going on to ask him about the

It was a typical Mr and Mrs Smith affair — two spies with the same motive that's why Roki and Ammara Brown's much hyped romance did not last.

Their work got in the way of their love affair as they would compete for the same gigs.

Roki Josphats, not new to failed relationships, opened up. Ammara is a daughter to the late veteran musician, Andy Brown.

"Ammara and I were two very strong forces that in the end seemed like were in opposition. The biggest thing

GWERU businessman, Webster Chiteta (36), who skipped bail and fled to South Africa has been arrested.

Chiteta had been bailed after being arrested in April 2013 on allegations of murdering his wife. He appeared in court yesterday after he was nabbed by Gweru police in the city following a tip-off.

Gweru magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda remanded Chiteta in custody at Whawha Prison to September 28 for trial when the High Court resumes.

Chiteta, popularly known as Dzatu, who owns

An all-night prayer service turned into a nightmare for unsuspecting church members when criminals gunned down their leader during a robbery.

Recently, owner of Johane Masowe Apostolic Church, prophet Collen Matsimbi (40) was shot in Olifantsfontein near Tembisa on the East Rand.

This is one of the cases reported to the police in Olifantsfontein, a suburb in Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Job-seekers and people who walk through the are daily have told of their

A Bulawayo man beat up his wife for asking for sex while he was trying to get close to the Lord — reading the Bible.

Clement Ndlovu (55) dimmed the lights in his bedroom to read the holy book but his wife Consilia Ndlovu (51) who had other ideas — lovingly threw herself on top of him while allegedly forcing him to join her in bed.

Clement’s story of "punishing" his wife for troubling him while seeking wisdom from the scriptures came out at the Bulawayo

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe was booed and heckled by opposition lawmakers over the deteriorating economy as he gave his state of the nation address to parliament Tuesday.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmakers questioned his economic policies, jeering as the 91-year-old delivered a policy speech which lasted less than half an hour.

He spoke as the UN confirmed earlier estimates that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans or 16 percent of the country's population will face hunger

"NO glove no love" is a theme that was popularised by condom use campaigners but it landed a married woman in trouble with her husband who is "allergic" to latex.

Sithabiso Nxumalo from Magazi in Nkayi was convinced that her cross border-transporter husband Mbuso Nxumalo was sleeping around because she came across pictures of nude women in his phone and text messages of a "love nature".

As such she asked him to wear condoms. However, her pleas fell on

THOUSANDS of teachers face the axe amid reports that government will soon embark on a head count of pupils and students at schools to wipe out ghost learners.

This came amid reports that some headmasters and other school authorities were inflating the numbers of pupils in order to get more teachers than required and to qualify for more funding.

Sources told NewsDay that the headcount would begin next month. The exercise will be similar to the head count of teachers done a few

The brother and wife of abducted journalist Itai Dzamara on Monday presented a petition to President Robert Mugabe demanding that the Zanu PF government take action and release or locate his whereabouts.

Below is the full petition written by Patson Dzamara and delivered to Mugabe's Munhumutapa Offices in the capital Harare.

President of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Munhumutapa Building

Samora Machel Ave



Speaker of


Business came to a standstill in Harare yesterday when one of the world's tallest men, Mr Bilal Heyder, toured the central business district before visiting the Exhibition Park for the agricultural show.

Mr Heyder was in a convoy sponsored by Splash Paints, a company exhibiting at the Harare Agricultural Show.

People lined up the streets to see the tall man while others peeped through the windows of high rise buildings to catch a glimpse of him. Others were shouting questions

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