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TWO men from Bulawayo have been arrested for allegedly killing a motorist who almost ran over one of them near Lobengula Primary School in Mzilikazi suburb.

Chikomborero Zhakata almost knocked down Brian Chibeke (17) of Makokoba suburb with his Honda Fit last month when he was driving towards Lobengula Primary School at around 8PM.

A court heard that Zhakata stopped his car and tried to apologise to Chibeke. This did not go down well with Chibeke who teamed up with his friend Blessing Nyathi (32) and brutally attacked him.

Nyathi and Chibeke allegedly savagely punched Zhakata in the face before smashing his car windscreen.

The driver sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where he was admitted for almost a month and died in the Intensive Care Unit on Saturday last week. Nyathi and Chibeke appeared before magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya facing a charge of murder.

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  • THE deputy headmaster of Makhulela Primary School in Bulilima District committed suicide by hanging after squandering $500 in school funds on beer.

    Headman Ndolwane said Themba Nyathi (50) was found hanging by a rope from the roof of his cottage located within the school premises on Monday morning.

    He said Nyathi allegedly committed suicide as school authorities were looking for him after he was sent to withdraw $500 from the bank, but did not report for duty for a week after withdrawing the money.

    Headman Ndolwane said during the last school holiday, Nyathi allegedly tried to hang himself in a bushy area in Bulawayo after accusing his  mother of selling five of his cattle without his permission.

    He said Nyathi was stopped by a passerby who found him climbing a tree while holding a  rope. Headman Ndolwane said Nyathi was well known for his drinking habits.

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  • A TEEN mother of one from Bulawayo secretly gave birth, allegedly strangled the baby and stashed the body in a bucket. Linda Ncube (19) from Gwabalanda suburb allegedly loaded stones into the bucket, on top of the body, covered it with a blanket and kept it outside the house.

    Residents yesterday said Ncube disappeared from home on Monday after they asked her about her baby. Bulawayo Police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the incident but could not give more details.

    The relative said that no one realised Ncube was no longer pregnant as she used to cover herself with a blanket. She said Ncube had many boyfriends and she could have killed her baby because she did not know the father.

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  • A HERDSMAN from Inyathi who allegedly sodomised his employer’s children, a boy aged five and an eight-year-old girl over a period of one year, has been arrested.

    The man (24) (name withheld to protect the minors) of Siganda area in Inyathi allegedly had anal sex with the children multiple times between January and December 2016. He allegedly damaged the children’s sphincter muscles and they can no longer hold in stools when nature calls.

    A court in Bulawayo yesterday heard that the juvenile’s parents were in South Africa, seeking employment, while the children were left in the custody of the herdsman and a maid who was his lover.

    The man appeared before Regional Magistrate Mr Crispen Mberewere facing two counts of aggravated indecent assault. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody to today.

    “I didn’t rape the children. I have been working for this family for some years and their parents did not pay me. They are now lying saying that I raped their children so that l can go to jail,” said the man. Prosecuting, Mr Busani Moyo said the maid quit her job and left the children with the accused.

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  • A BULAWAYO man has been sentenced to 24 months in jail for torching his wife’s car. Jonathan Mbambo (34) pleaded guilty to malicious damage to property. The court heard that Mbambo smashed all the windows of Shirley Mashonganyika’s car. Ms Mashonganyika went into the car attempting to drive it out of the yard but Mbambo punctured all the tyres and threatened to burn her inside the vehicle. This prompted Ms Mashonganyika to rush to a police station to make a report and while she was at the station, Mbambo torched the car. Western commonage magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu sentenced Mbambo to 24 months in prison which was wholly suspended. He was also fined $500. Mr Ndhlovu suspended 18 months of the sentence on condition that Mbambo restitutes Ms Mashonganyika $2 685 before September 30 and the remaining six months were suspended on condition he does not commit a smilar offence within the next five years.
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  • ABOUT 2 462 Bulawayo men were circumcised during the first quarter of the year, up from 2 080 over the same period last year.

    According to recent National Aids Council statistics, 35 men could not be circumcised during the same period as they tested HIV positive.

    The majority of men who were circumcised were between 25 and 49 years while only four aged over 50 years were circumcised.

    Bulawayo Provincial HIV/Aids coordinator Mrs Sinatra Nyathi said although more men had come for circumcision, they were not satisfied with the figure as they want more to be circumcised.

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  • STATE-owned mobile telecommunications operator NetOne says it would start recruiting 2 000 workers in Bulawayo this month before moving to other Matabeleland provinces.

    The company has pledged to create up to 20 000 jobs as part of its business growth this year in line with the empowerment thrust under Zim-Asset.

    Under the initiative 2 000 jobs will be created in each of the country’s 10 provinces as NetOne moves to increase its market share.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the 2017 commemoration of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day at Dingimuzi Stadium in Plumtree on Friday, NetOne chief operations officer Mr Clever Isaya said the recruitment of 2 000 workers in Bulawayo would start this month.

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  • A MALE teacher at one of Bulawayo affluent private schools, Christian Brothers College (CBC), was allegedly caught by other pupils while allegedly caressing a Form Three boy in a classroom.

    Sindiso Mafikela (46) of Langdon House situated in Bulawayo’s Central Business District recently appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Manasa Musiiwa facing a charge of indecent assault.

    Mafikela appeared in court three times before he was subsequently placed off remand. The State will however, proceed by way of summons.

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  • A MAID from Bulawayo who was fired from work allegedly recruited uniformed police officers to assist her in beating up and robbing a woman who had replaced her.

    Nomthandazo Mbele (22) allegedly went on her revenge mission with three cops, two in uniform, and an unnamed woman.

    She told a court she wanted a $50 balance that her former employer owed her but instead found her replacement alone at the house in Tshabalala suburb where she used to work.

    A court heard how two of the three male cops manhandled Miss Sizalobuhle Dube (19) while Mbele and the woman stole her cellphone which was on a charger.

    State allegations are that Mbele and her four accomplices, who are still at large, drove to her former boss’ house in Tshabalala in a Honda Fit. One of the cops allegedly slapped Miss Dube once in the face while the other one shoved her and she hit against a wall.

    Mbele pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge before Western Commonage Magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube. She told the court that one of her accomplices removed the phone from the charger. She did not name her alleged accomplices. Mr Ncube remanded Mbele in custody to June 15 for trial before Magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu.

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  • A 20-year-old sports coach at a Bulawayo school has been arrested for allegedly plying a 14-year-old pupil with alcohol and raping her overnight.

    A court heard that the teen is in the man’s sports team at school.Allegations are that the coach, whose identity is being withheld, intoxicated the teen, spent the night with her and sent her home the following morning.

    Western Commonage Magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube did not ask him to plead to a rape charge. He remanded him in custody to June 16.

    Prosecuting, Mr Mufaro Mageza told the court that the coach got the pupil drunk in September last year and took her to his home where he raped her once overnight.

    “Accused person met complainant while she was walking home. He asked her to accompany him to his home. Accused gave complainant some alcohol and she got drunk. He raped her once. Complainant returned to her place of residence the following morning,” said Mr Mageza.

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  • A BULAWAYO woman has been ordered to perform community service for sending obscene messages and pictures to the wife of a man who was having a love affair with her younger sister.

    Admitter Mpofu (26) of Nkulumane suburb told Simangele Lusinga (36) of Cowdray Park suburb on Friday last week that her husband was not coming home, hence she was going to sleep alone.

    Mpofu, who is married and a mother of three, was convicted on her own plea of guilty to contravening the Post and Telecommunications Act that prohibits sending of gross, offensive, indecent, obscene or threatening material over the phone.

    Western Commonage Magistrate Mr Lungile Ncube ordered her to perform 105 hours of community service.

    Mpofu apologised to the court for her misconduct.

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  • POLICE are investigating a case where doctors at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo allegedly scammed a disabled breast cancer patient and quoted her $10000 for a $2000 operation.

    The woman, Phanankosi Dube, died at her Makokoba home last Saturday while gasping for breath before she could raise the $10 000.

    She survived on begging and was the family’s breadwinner.

    Information gathered by The Chronicle indicates that five doctors including a Dr Dereck Matsika and a Dr Nathan Chiboyiwa are under investigation.

    Her family told The Chronicle that police officers yesterday visited them as part of their investigations.

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