Man fatally assaults wife over infidelity

Source: Man fatally assaults wife over infidelity | The Herald Midlands Bureau A 35-year-old man from Somabula has been arrested for fatally assaulting his wife with a switch while accusing her of having an extramarital affair with a local herdboy. Police said the suspect Blessing Dhlangisa of Somabula communal lands on the outskirts of Gweru […]

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Man fatally assaults wife over infidelity

Midlands Bureau

A 35-year-old man from Somabula has been arrested for fatally assaulting his wife with a switch while accusing her of having an extramarital affair with a local herdboy.

Police said the suspect Blessing Dhlangisa of Somabula communal lands on the outskirts of Gweru discovered some suspicious messages on his wife, Violet Dube(27)’s phone leading to a confrontation.

“A misunderstanding between them ensued and the suspect Dhlangisa started beating Violet with some switches leading to her death. The matter was reported to the police leading to Dhlangisa’s arrest.

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Enrolment scandal at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University 

Source: Enrolment scandal at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University | The Herald Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter SENIOR administrators at the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) exploited a weak admissions system to help unqualified law students cheat their way into the private institution of higher learning exposing the university to massive corruption. The university was, in […]

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Enrolment scandal at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University

Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter

SENIOR administrators at the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) exploited a weak admissions system to help unqualified law students cheat their way into the private institution of higher learning exposing the university to massive corruption.

The university was, in 2016, granted authority to enrol law students after the Council for Legal Education found that the institution’s law school met the required standards.

The admissions scandal at ZEGU was revealed in a High Court judgment delivered last week dismissing an urgent chamber application by an unqualified student Victor Madzivanyika.

He had approached the higher court challenging the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa-run university’s revocation of his admission.

Madzivanyika along with Cleopatra Gumbo and Norman Mashayamombe, all mature entry law students, had their letters revoked because they did not meet the required standards.

Their unauthorised admission was only discovered when they started attending lectures. The standard procedure for mature entry is that applicants are required to write and pass a test set by the university’s Faculty of Law.

In this case, it was argued that Madzivanyika’s offer letter was irregular for want of compliance with the mandatory procedure.

In his judgment last week, Justice Happias Zhou dismissed Madzivanyika’s application to vindicate his offer.

“The balance of convenience does not favour the granting of the relief sought.

“Allowing a student who did not follow the laid down procedures in gaining entry into the university to continue attending lectures will undermine the integrity of the education system. It also dents the reputation of the university,” he said.

Justice Zhou said the integrity of the qualification and education system which entitles one to practice law must be jealously guarded, just like the integrity of the country’s system of education in general.

The judge, however, criticised ZEGU’s admissions system which he said was open to abuse by staff members.

“The first aspect is the very existence of loopholes in the admission system, which can be manipulated in the manner revealed by the two cases.

“The second aspect is the number of admitted students who do not have a Grade B or better in English Language at Ordinary Level,” said Justice Zhou.

According to the produced copy of the regulations, this showed the mandatory requirement for ordinary and special entry students.

Only mature entry students seem to be exempted from this requirement. Justice Zhou noted that out of the 50 applicants who were accepted, 16 of them had a Grade C in Ordinary Level English Language.

He said this would be wrong if such a huge number, representing 32 percent, would be mature entry students. The regulations state that not more than five applicants may be admitted through the mature entry procedure in any intake.

“The last observation pertains to the requirements for admission through the mature entry,” said Justice Zhou.

“No basic or minimum qualification is required. Suitable or relevant post-school experience is not defined anywhere in the regulations, which exposes the system to abuse as appears to have been the situation in this case.”

Madzivanyika applied for admission to the LLB degree programme through ZEGU’s mature entry system. He was given an offer letter in March this year, which detailed the fees required and gave the account details.

He was also advised by telephone that a place had been reserved for him in the LLB programme. He then paid fees. However, on April 13, 2022, he received an email letter revoking his admission to the programme.

He sued the university. In opposing Madzivanyika’s application, ZEGU argued that he was irregularly given the offer letter for the place and his authorised admission was only discovered when he started attending lectures.

It was also ZEGU’s argument that Madzivanyika was probably corruptly given the offer letter through the involvement of some staff members. Further, the university argued that Madzivanyika’s application was never received and considered by the Faculty of Law in accordance with the laid down procedure.

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Mat South farmers, villagers clash over livestock

Source: Mat South farmers, villagers clash over livestock – NewsDay Zimbabwe Stray cattle in a field BY SILISIWE MABALEKA WOODLANDS commercial farmers have clashed with Mzinyathini villagers in Matabeleland South province over stray livestock that is reportedly destroying their crops. Obert Chinhamo, a farmer in Woodlands, accused the villagers of destroying perimeter fences and deliberately […]

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Stray cattle in a field

BY SILISIWE MABALEKA

WOODLANDS commercial farmers have clashed with Mzinyathini villagers in Matabeleland South province over stray livestock that is reportedly destroying their crops.

Obert Chinhamo, a farmer in Woodlands, accused the villagers of destroying perimeter fences and deliberately letting their livestock into their fields.

He said efforts to engage the community had been futile.

“My neighbour had maize and sugar beans destroyed by Mzinyathini cattle,” Chinhamo said, adding that some of the cattle came from eSikhoveni, Bonjeni new line and Doyana villages.

“We estimate that 40 to 50 hectares of our farm produce have been destroyed by the villagers’ livestock. We have tried to talk to them, but they seem not to care. We are trying to work with the impound master in Bulawayo so that they can help us impound the animals,” he added.

Mzinyathini traditional leader,  Chief Stanley Gwebu said he was not aware of the issue since no reports had been made.

“I am not aware that my people’s livestock is a problem at Woodlands Farm. The farmers should come and report the matter to me so that I will be in a position to help them,” Gwebu said.

Ward 3 village development co-ordinator, David Mpofu said farmers were in a confrontational mood and reluctant to engage in a dialogue.

“These people are not willing to come to terms with us so that we resolve this matter amicably. We are not aware that their fences were stolen. We only know that their farms are not properly fenced and some don’t have fence at all,” Mpofu said, adding that the villagers did not support the idea of impounding livestock.

Umzingwane Member of Parliament Levi Mayihlome said there was need for dialogue.

“I urge the Mzinyathini and Woodlands farmers to resolve this matter through dialogue. We don’t choose neighbours, but they are imposed on us so people should learn to live together peacefully,” he said.

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ZRP, Saps in joint cross-border operation 

Source: ZRP, Saps in joint cross-border operation – NewsDay Zimbabwe Zrp roadblock BY REX MPHISA THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the South African Police Services (Saps) have embarked on a joint cross-border operation against crime between their two countries. This follows a spate of car smuggling cases across the border, among other crimes. According […]

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Zrp roadblock

BY REX MPHISA

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the South African Police Services (Saps) have embarked on a joint cross-border operation against crime between their two countries.

This follows a spate of car smuggling cases across the border, among other crimes.

According to statistics, about 73 suspects were arrested for gender-based violence and related cases, 75 immigrants were picked up for lack of documentation, while illicit goods valued at R382 300 were confiscated during the operation on the South African side.

Another five suspects were arrested on allegations of rape and two for attempted rape and a similar number for illegal gambling.

About 28 people were arrested for traffic crimes, while scores were arrested for dagga and liquor-related offences as well as malicious damage to property in Musina alone.

Zimbabwean statistics were not readily available, but the officer commanding Beitbridge district Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo confirmed the joint operation.

The operation, featuring mostly policewomen, is code-named operation Basadi (Women) focused on domestic violence against women and children.

“I can confirm that there was a simultaneous regional operation called Basadi. The main focus was on reducing issues to do with all forms of domestic violence, and gender-based violence mainly against women and children.

“However, as law enforcement agents, we do not turn a blind eye on other crimes, though. Since we are enjoying a cordial relationship with our neighbours, Saps, we parade together at the Limpopo Bridge boundary and exchange notes, before and after such operations,” Nyongo said.

In a related media release, Saps spokesperson for Limpopo province, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the South African operation, led by their provincial commander Commissioner-General Thembi Hadebe, also accounted for cross-border stocktheft and illicit cigarette smuggling, among other serious crimes.

The joint operation was conducted on both sides of the border around Beitbridge and Musina from the early hours of May 20, 2022.

Other stakeholders included Home Affairs, Customs, Traffic and Bargaining Council.

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Prominent advocate reported to LSZ

Source: Prominent advocate reported to LSZ – NewsDay Zimbabwe BY STAFF REPORTER PROMINENT lawyer advocate Keith Kachambwa has been reported to the police and the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) on allegations of consenting on behalf of a client without their knowledge or instruction on a matter that was at the High Court. In a […]

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BY STAFF REPORTER
PROMINENT lawyer advocate Keith Kachambwa has been reported to the police and the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) on allegations of consenting on behalf of a client without their knowledge or instruction on a matter that was at the High Court.

In a letter addressed to the LSZ, copied to the Prosecutor-General, Chief Justice, and the police, businessman Chemist Siziba said Kachambwa acted unprofessionally and fraudulently in High Court proceedings under HC9051/13 when he consented to an argument that resulted in the order issued against him without his knowledge or instructions.

“I am bitterly complaining about the unprofessional and fraudulent conduct of one of your members of the legal profession, Advocate Kachambwa. The basis of my complaint arises from a court order of the High Court issued on September 27, 2018 and granted with what purports to be by consent of the parties,” Siziba complained.

He said he came to know of the order in October 2021, adding that he was shocked and perplexed about the circumstances under which Kachambwa had entered into that consent.

“The revelation and the said court order only came to my attention in early October 2021. Upon learning about such an order, I became extremely shocked and perplexed about the circumstances under which my advocate had entered into such consent without my knowledge.”

Siziba said he confronted Kachambwa, who claimed to have been given instructions by the instructing counsel Chenaimoyo Gumiro of Moyo, Chikono, and Gumiro Legal Practitioners.

“However, Gumiro went on to express his astonishment on the issue of the consent. He categorically stated that he had not instructed our advocate to enter into such a consent. He stated that at law, a legal practitioner is not permitted to enter into a consent, a compromise, or deed of settlement without the express instruction or express authority of the client,” Siziba said.

Gumiro, in an affidavit seen by NewsDay, distanced himself from the consent order issued by Kachambwa, saying he had not instructed him to enter into a consent order.

He said it would not make sense for him to have consented to “such a ridiculous arrangement” as there was no way he could reasonably be expected to disown the acquisition of shares that he bought in Great Insight Investment and Nyland Enterprises Private Limited on behalf of his client.

Siziba said he had been prejudiced as a result of the fraudulent conduct of Kachambwa.

He is now challenging Kachambwa to produce the instruction which made him act in that manner.

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