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A 37-YEAR-OLD woman has become the third Zimbabwean to be confirmed dead after a guesthouse owned by the controversial Nigerian evangelist, Prophet TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12. The deceased has been identified as Jane Sibanda.

Her brother, Danford Hwature, speaking from South Africa, said his sister had gone to Nigeria "to seek deliverance and salvation" at TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos. Jane, nee Hwature, lived in South Africa with her husband.


54-YEAR-OLD Joseph Ncube, 54, a former patient at Ingutsheni Hospital in Bulawayo, fatally assaulted his brother after claiming that he possessed goblins that were behind the deaths of four family members, the Bulawayo High Court heard yesterday.

Ncube, from Plumtree, appeared before Justice Martin Makonese facing a murder charge in connection with the killing of his brother, Madodana Ncube, 64.

Justice Makonese ruled that Joseph committed the murder while suffering from a mental


The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths, around three times as many as in either Guinea or Sierra Leone, the two other most affected countries, according to WHO data received up to 23 September.

An outbreak that began in a remote corner of Guinea has taken hold of much of neighbouring Liberia and Sierra


The Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) has called for a thorough investigation into how First Lady Grace Mugabe acquired her controversial PhD degree and demanded resignations of all those involved in what seems to be an academic scandal of monumental proportions, including University of Zimbabwe vice-chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura.

This came as the Zimbabwe Independent failed for the second week running to speak to any of UZ's leaders and officials, starting with

JETMASTER (Pvt) Ltd has been issued with a warrant of execution of property after it failed to honour an arbitral award of more than $6,000 given to three security guards summarily dismissed from the company.

The three guards, identified in court papers as S Gatsi, T Tsvanhu and G Chabuda, were awarded a combined $6,450 by arbitrator M Tokwani in February 2013 after she found the company guilty of underpayment of wages and unfair dismissal.

Read part of the warrant of execution

Top Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) officials Nelson Chamisa, Douglas Mwonzora and Tapiwa Mashakada are entangled in a "titanic battle" for the party's secretary-general (SG) post.

The epic clash comes in the wake of the party's ex-secretary general Tendai Biti's decision to start a breakaway faction, triggering a bitter power fight to take charge of the powerful office ahead of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party's October congress.

While Chamisa is leading the race with two key


At least 70 buildings, including houses and business premises at different levels of construction in Chitungwiza were yesterday razed down during a pre-dawn operation by council using front end loaders.

The operation to rid the town of illegal structures built on wetlands, left hundreds of people homeless. The properties were demolished between 1 and 3am in St Mary's, Units A, P, O and G.

A thatched bar and gazebo owned by one Mr Marufu and situated next to St Mary's police


Beverly, 16 is a modern girl who grew up in the affluent suburbs of Harare and her parents buy her whatever clothes she wants.

The young college girl, however, got a rude awakening when she ventured into the city's central business district.

Clad in a mini-dress that looked like a blouse and exposing her thighs, Beverly made an unfortunate turn and crossed through a busy commuter omnibus termini where the touts there were so excited to see her "half naked body."

While her

REPORTS that a white family was thrown off their farm to make way for President Robert Mugabe's 24-year-old daughter have angered the debt-ridden country's commercial farmers.

"The continuing arbitrary takeover of land is not doing us any good. There is no money to bring the economy back on its feet and there is no access to international support," Charles Taffs, president of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), told AFP on Friday.

Taffs said he could not confirm media reports that

A nine-year-old girl from Ward Nine in Insuza, Matabeleland North, who was raped by nine men died last Friday at Mpilo Hospital after a short illness.

According to a postmortem report, the girl succumbed to malaria.

Contacted for comment, Senzeni Luphahla, the mother of the deceased, said she was devastated by the death of her daughter.

"I am at pain. My daughter was recovering well at the hospital but all of a sudden she died. This has left a void in me because I pinned my

 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has sympathised with embattled Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua following the death of 115 people after a guesthouse collapsed at his church compound.

The support comes as the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) founder promised to travel to South Africa to "console family and relatives of the 84 South Africans" who perished in the guest house disaster amid calls by the African National Congress Youth


Prophet TB Joshua is mysteriously quiet about the tragedy at his church but he may yet find himself in court.

Angry Nigerians are setting wheels in motion to get the preacher arrested and charged with culpable homicide. The man of god may find himself face to face with the law.

"Charge Joshua!" is the growing call in Nigeria, while some organisations are already angrily accusing the
government of dragging its feet with the investigations because of its close relations with the


MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has vowed to go ahead with planned street protests to pressure the Zanu PF government to address the country's economic crisis saying he would not make political decisions or judgments based on prophecy.

On Tuesday, United Family International Church (UFIC) founder Emmanuel Makandiwa predicted bloodshed in the country and most people took to social media speculating that the prophecy referred to a harsh police response to MDC-T protests.



Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries, infamous for making his congregation eat grass, has struck again.

He now claims his congregation drinks petrol, saying it tastes 'sweet'.

"It tastes like pineapple juice."

In YouTube footage, members of his congregation are seen clamouring desperately to have a drink of the petrol as the pastor preaches and encourages them.

Members of the church exclaim how "sweet" and "nice" it tastes, comparing it to "Iron Brew" and


TWO men are fighting over a woman's pregnancy with each claiming to be the father of the unborn child. Zakaria Mugande, 37, of Binga and Costen Muleya are involved in an unusual tug of war over Shonipha Banda.

Mugande, a vendor, claims to be Banda's ex-boyfriend while Muleya is living with the woman. They both told Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani they had unprotected sex with Banda in May.

"We had sex in May and she told me she was pregnant. Her family threatened to sue

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