Mashudu Netsianda Senior Court Reporter Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi has blasted junior police officers for abusing the courts by using them as shields against pending internal disciplinary hearings. Justice Mathonsi’s remarks follow an urgent chamber application filed by Nkululelo Magwala, a member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Support Unit who sought an order blocking his superiors from convening a board of inquiry to determine his suitability to continue in his job


Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku Daniel Nemukuyu Harare Bureau JOURNALISTS who criminally defame people in the discharge of their duties will now not be arrested following a Constitutional Court ruling yesterday that Section 96 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act criminalising the act is a dead law. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, sitting with eight other judges, granted an application by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe Chapter) and ruled that the law has since its promulgation in 2004, been invalid


Minister Walter Chidhakwa Fairness Moyana, Business Correspondent MINES and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa has ruled out the possibility of placing Hwange Colliery Company under judicial management following an application by workers who are arguing that this was the only way to save the company from total collapse. The company’s 2 500 workers through the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) and their lawyers, Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers are seeking an order to compel HCCL to be placed under judicial management and stop all court actions by its creditors which seek to attach property and equipment Speaking during his visit to the mine on Friday after meeting the company’s management and the workers’ leadership, Minister Chidhakwa called on the workers to withdraw their application and pursue other means as the development was likely to derail turnaround initiatives


Tendai Rupapa, Harare Bureau THE four men suspected of trying to petrol-bomb the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy farm in Mazowe were yesterday back in court facing a more serious charge of treason after investigations revealed that they wanted to overthrow the government through unconstitutional means. Zimbabwe People’s Front political party president Owen Kuchata, 34, Borman Ngwenya, 30, Solomon Makumbe, 29 and Silas Pfupa, 37 appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe under heavy police guard


Obedingwa Mguni Patrick Chitumba, Midlands Bureau Chief THE ongoing head count in the police force is crucial to determine the exact number of police officers in the country, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Obedingwa Mguni, has said. The Deputy Minister told The Chronicle that even in Parliament, MPs had raised questions on the exact number of police officers in the country.