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January 8, 2019 5:22 AM Saturday Night Fever in Gabon

The people of Gabon danced to the tune of Omar Bongo’s stifling symphony of misrule for 42 years. Small in stature, Bongo ruthlessly ruled oil-rich Gabon, earning himself the title “little big man”. A French observer described him as “a diminutive, dapper figure who conversed in flawless French, a charismatic figure surrounded by a personality cult”. He lavishly 14

January 8, 2019 3:45 AM 1 killed, 21 injured in kombi head-on collision

One person died while 21others were seriously injured when two kombis were involved in a head-on collision in Mbembesi at the Fort Rixon turn-off along the Bulawayo- Harare Road. The injured were rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals and Mpilo Central Hospital. Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson said a woman died on the spot while 21 others 14

January 1, 2019 1:37 AM Cops hunt for ‘sadistic’ man

Police have launched an extensive manhunt for a Harare man who stands accused of causing the deaths of five children after he sickeningly burnt down the home of the family of a 12-year-old girl that he is said to have raped earlier. This comes after Steven Manjovha, 35, of Budiriro high density suburb, vanished without trace after recently being granted 16

December 30, 2018 11:45 AM Man axes wife over divorce

A 21-year-old Filabusi man has been arrested for striking his 17-year-old wife with an axe on the head whom he left unconscious for demanding separation. Anele Ncube of Bekezela Township is expected to appear at the Gwanda Magistrate’s Court on 9 January facing attempted murder charges. According to State facts Ncube attacked his wife, Ms Nokuthula Moyo on 24 November 13

December 21, 2018 6:32 AM ‘Teacher’ arrested over free hotel meal

A Bulawayo man who claimed to be a teacher, was yesterday fined $50 for failing to pay $45 for a meal he ate at Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel on Sunday. Eugen Chigeda (39) was convicted on his own plea by Bulawayo magistrate Ms Rachel Mukanga. Ms Mukanga fined him $50 for leaving the hotel without paying for the meal and also ordered him to pay the $45 bill by December 18

December 14, 2018 6:19 AM British students raped at gunpoint on Ghana trip

Authorities in Ghana are investigating the sexual assault of four British girls and their teacher at gunpoint. The Sixth Form students, aged between 16 and 17, were part of an organised trip by a school in southern England. Reports say the four girls and their teacher were attacked on Saturday night at the hostel where they were staying in the Greater 9

December 12, 2018 6:30 AM Government car swept off bridge, two feared dead

Two Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education officials from Matabeleland South Province are feared dead after a vehicle they were travelling in was swept away by a flooded river. Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director Mr Lifias Masukume said the incident happened on Monday evening at Mamsisi River bridge in Ntalale, Gwanda South. Mr Masukume 6

December 3, 2018 4:33 AM Beer-guzzler convicted of robbery

A 28-year old man was recently arraigned before the Kwekwe magistrates’ court facing robbery and assault charges after assaulting a bartender who refused to give him beer after he tendered an inadequate amount of money. The man, Don Mlambo, appeared before Mr Tayengwa Sangster after he beat up Beulah Sandate, a bartender, before forcibly taking $20 from her. Mr Sangster 15

December 3, 2018 3:48 AM Kombi runs over, injures two policemen

Two Gweru police officers who suffered broken limbs after being hit by a commuter omnibus as they attempted to stop the driver, are battling for life. Acting Midlands provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende referred questions to National police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who however, said he was yet to get details 15

November 26, 2018 11:45 AM Migrant caravan: Mexico to deport group which stormed US border

Mexico will deport up to 500 migrants who attempted to storm the US border, according to its interior ministry. The group were rounded up after trying to cross the border “violently” and “illegally” on Sunday, the ministry said in a statement. Video footage shows dozens of people – including women and children – running towards the fence that separates 23