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POLICE in Bulawayo have arrested a seven-member youth gang including three juveniles who allegedly went on a two-month housebreaking spree in February and March targeting houses in the eastern suburbs.

The syndicate is linked to a spate of break-ins in affluent suburbs such as Selbourne Park, Suburbs, Hillside and North End.

Thembani Maseko, 17, Talent Tshange, 17, Bhekinkosi Ncube, 18, Prichard Mhlophe, 17, Pholani Dube, 19, Trust Ndlovu, 21, and Brighton Ncube, 20, appeared in

Zanu PF Matabeleland North member of parliament Mail Nkomo survived a horrific accident with her newly acquired Ford Ranger parliamentary vehicle.

The Ranger is part of a Parliamentary Vehicle Loan Scheme where more than 290 legislators got cars from Croco Motors.

Nkomo had to spend four days in hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.

Zanu PF Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Richard Moyo confirmed the accident.

Meanwhile, At least six other Members of


Mother in law of Phillip Kudzayi, Virginia Rumbidzai Mutanda, has come to the accused's rescue after she offered to surrender the title deeds of a stand she owns in Bluffhill, Harare as part of the accused's bail conditions requirements.

Phillip (PICTURED), brother of freed Sunday Mail editor, Edmund, was on Friday granted bail by the High Court with similar stringent conditions given to his sibling.

Phillip, who is facing charges of attempting to commit an act of insurgency

Former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube drew a staggering $138 000 monthly salary from a subsidiary of the health insurer despite he was not an employee and that there was no binding contract to that effect.

Documents deposited with the labour Court by Premier Medical Services Investments (PSMI) managing director Farai Muchena show that Dube was "never an employee of the PSMAS subsidiary".

Muchena's affidavit was in response to a


The International Institute of Philanthropy yesterday awarded 10 most influential philanthropists with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) degrees for their outstanding work in helping the less privileged.

These included musician Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner General Mr Gershem Pasi, United International Family Church's prophetess Ruth Makandiwa, Mrs Isabel Chihuri, wife to police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, for her work at Kuyedza Women's

PARLIAMENTARIANS who were stranded in China after missing their flight to Harare while on a shopping spree returned home yesterday, narrating harrowing experiences of their stay in the Asian country.

Of the 27 who missed the flight, only 18 touched down yesterday after the others found their way back home on their own.

The MPs said for almost five days since Sunday when they missed their flight, they were virtually squatters inside Beijing International Airport.

They only took

DRIVING Schools which connive with Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officials to fraudulently issue drivers' licences, risk being closed, a cabinet minister has warned.

Addressing owners of driving schools from Matabeleland region in Bulawayo on Thursday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Obert Mpofu said the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) would not hesitate to deregister errant driving schools and instructors engaging in corrupt activities.


Thirty-three people have died countrywide in the past two weeks while 122 others were injured in road accidents mainly caused by commuter omnibuses.

Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the accidents and attributed them to overtaking errors, speeding and negligence.

"We recorded 34 accidents in which 33 people were killed while 122 others were seriously injured in the past two weeks countrywide. The majority of the accidents were


Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi, accused of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected Government and undermining the authority of the President, was in a jovial mood yesterday after being released from remand prison.

He had been in remand prison for the past two weeks and was supposed to have been released on Thursday, but a mix up on his warrants of liberation saw him spending another night in prison.

Edmund's release came as his brother Phillip, who is facing similar

Government has, with immediate effect, hiked toll fees by 100 percent in some cases, with private motorists now required to pay US$2 up from US$1, while haulage trucks will pay US$10, up from US$5.

In a Statutory Instrument published in the Government Gazette yesterday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Obert Mpofu made amendments to the Toll Roads (Regional Trunk Road Network) (Amendment) Regulations of 2010 to effect the increase.

The increase — the first since

ONE of the oldest and most lyrically gifted musicians in Zimbabwe, Hosiah Chipanga, says he is on "half time" musically and will only commence shows after winter.

In an interview recently, he said he had resorted to visiting his rural home in Watsomba as a way of staying away from the day-to-day hurdles and problems he is facing in urban areas.

The Kwachu-kwachu hit maker said there was no business in the city and it was better to take a sabbatical in his rural area of Moyoweshumba

A STORM is brewing at a local church, Royal Family Life Fellowship, after its founder, Apostle Action Khomani, is allegedly involved in sex orgies with female church congregants and misappropriation of church funds, among other shocking shenanigans.

Khomani, also known as AK-47 - who resides at House Number 19, Crispy Road, Palmerstone - was last weekend picked up by the police for allegedly sexually abusing a female congregant (name withheld) sometime in October.

Deputy Manicaland

JACOB Moyana may be loathed by some with even fellow musicians resenting him, but Sulumani Chimbetu appears to be offering a helping hand.

At least that is the thinking after watching Moyana's DVD released this week.

Sulu features on the DVD on the track Tichauyako (Munotidako).

The video starts off with Sulu calling Moyana with his trademark Chopper Nokia 5110.

Moyana receives the call in an office on a landline and is invited to come to Harare from his base in

South African Airways (SAA) intends to investigate circumstances that led to one of its pilots almost exposing himself at the Harare International Airport before deciding on a course of action.

Captain Wouter van Ginkel was detained and later charged with indecent exposure after he stripped to his underwear in frustration at being searched by officials at Harare International Airport on Tuesday morning.

Van Ginkel, who has been with SAA for 19 years, was going through the screening

A GRADE three pupil at Premier Central Primary school in Mutasa, Manicaland was recently sent to probation after he allegedly raped two of his schoolmates.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Luxon Chananda, confirmed the incident. Chananda said, on the day in question, the boy (who cannot be named because of his age) lured the little girls aged eight and five to a nearby bush during break time.

Once they found a secluded area, the boy allegedly raped the

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