While ZANU PF bosses and ministers who looted millions of dollars worth of diamonds from the Chiadzwa fields walk scot free, a Chinese national, Li Chengping (57), was yesterday jailed for an effective 10 years in prison for illegally possessing gold and emeralds amounting to a little over $300.00 The sentencing came despite the defence counsel’s spirited efforts to have the convict spared a jail term. Chengping was arrested at Harare International Airport on November 17 this year while on his way back to China in possession of 2,94 grammes of gold valued at $105,70 and three pieces of emeralds valued at $240,70 without being a holder of a licence or permit which allows him to deal in the minerals. Mahwe, in sentencing Chengping, said he applied his mind to the law and the circumstances of the convict.
The National Constitutional Assembly party on Wednesday wrote to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation demanding for an immediate stop of giving live coverage on the First Lady Grace Mugabe’s “meet the people” rallies.
FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has become a threat to the existence of the Zimbabwean State and must be stopped, opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Tendai Biti, has said. Biti told NewsDay in an interview yesterday that Zimbabweans should “rise up and object” to the creation of a “Mugabe dynasty”.
Chicken Inn players celebrate their goal against Harare City at Luveve Stadium yesterday Chicken Inn …………………………………………………………… (2) 3 Harare City ……………………………………………………………. (1) 1 CHICKEN Inn yesterday became Zimbabwean club champions for the first time in their brief history when they walloped Harare City in an exciting Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo.
ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party is in the grip of a generational split over whether to improve relations with international financial institutions in a bid to rescue the battered economy, according to about a dozen senior party officials. The old guard including Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 69, and Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa wants better relations with the International Monetary Fund to rebuild an economy blessed with diamond deposits, the world’s second-biggest reserves of platinum and chrome, after South Africa, and fertile farm land. Younger leaders see better ties with the west as a threat to their chances of making money because legislation requiring the sale of assets to black investors would likely be softened, the people said.
Botswana’s Ministry of Transport has announced the termination of Air Botswana General Manager’s contract. The airline’s boss who is Zimbabwean, Tozivazvipi Dahwa, has been left humiliated through axe, sources say. But a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Neil Fitt, said the decision to terminate Dahwa’s contract was mutually agreed upon by both parties.