ZCDC diamonds back on the market

KENNETH MATIMAIRE
STATE-OWNED diamond miner, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC)’s gems are back on the market after a seven-month hiatus.

The ZCDC has been on a massive production ramp up spearheaded by a new management team. Last year, for the first time, the diamond company declared a dividend to its sole shareholder, the government.

In an interview, ZCDC chief executive officer Mark Mabhudhu  confirmed the development.

“For the past seven months, we have not been selling our product, but we are now back on the market, which means we will be able to accelerate all our programmes,” Mabhudhu said.

In 2020, ZCDC indicated that 11 local and international sales it had planned did not materialise due to Covid-19 restrictions, after battling government sanctioned moratoriums. The miner had only managed to conduct four sales in 2019 out of the planned 10, a similar number to what it achieved the previous year when it first sold diamonds. ZCDC, which commenced operations in early 2016 did not conduct any sales that year and in 2017.

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UK: Zim Doctor In Failed Bid To Return To Work; Struck Off After Forging Visa Docs

MANCHESTER: A former Salford doctor has been refused in his bid to be restored to the medical register after being struck off back in 2014, a medical practitioners tribunal found.

Dr Dazimbi Manika, who qualified in Zimbabwe in 1990, was struck off after appearing before a fitness to practice Panel back in October 2014, the report said.

It was proven in the initial hearing in 2014 that Dr Manika had altered the wording of a letter sent to him from the UK Border Agency on March 5, 2009, granting him discretionary leave to remain in the UK until March 5, 2012 by replacing “2012” with “2014”.

“The UK Border Agency provided the GMC with a copy of its original letter confirming the date of March 5, 2012,” the tribunal report said.

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Girl (17) Raped, Murdered In Maize Field

IN A SHOCKING incident that has left residents shocked, the body of a 17-year-old Harare girl was Wednesday discovered in a maize field with injuries sustained in a suspected rape attack.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the death of the unidentified female juvenile.

“We are investigating a murder case where a female juvenile (17) was found dead in a maize field at Kaseplan Farm, Pomona, Borrowdale on March 9, 2022. The body was bleeding from the mouth and nose facing upwards with the skirt dropped to the toes,” said the police.

A pair of shoes, handbag and a packet of salt were placed beside the body.

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Rangers Put Down Three Stray Elephants In Mutare

THREE elephants, believed to have been part of a large herd that strayed into Mutsago village in Mutare, have been shot dead.

Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZimParks) had on Wednesday put communities on high alert after the jumbos were spotted in the Mutsago area of Mutare Rural District Council (RDC)’s Ward 24.

ZimParks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo confirmed the animals had been shot dead.

“Three stray elephants in Mutsago village have been eliminated,” said Farawo.

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Canadian Gold Miner Set To Acquire Four Zim Mines

CANADA based miner, Zephyr Minerals Limited, is set to acquire four gold mines in Zimbabwe.

In a statement to shareholders this week, the company said it had “investigated 12 potential gold projects throughout” the country over the past seven months.

“Management has concentrated on projects with proven gold potential as demonstrated through active, shallow, small scale mining operations or previous exploration work, and based on property size, the ability to host a target potential of at least one million ounces of gold,” reads the statement.

“Based on these parameters, of the 12 properties evaluated, four high priority gold properties are being aggressively pursued for acquisition/joint venture.”

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Teachers Union Drags Gvt To Court Over Mass Suspensions

THE Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) has approached the High Court seeking an order nullifying a desicion to suspend for three months teachers who went on strike last month.

After failing to convince disgruntled teachers to go back to work, government then ordered them into classrooms, announcing a blanket suspension for all who defied its February 22 ultimatum.

“The suspensions are qualified as unlawful, unreasonable and unfair as they violate section 65(1), 65(4) and 68(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act, 2013,” reads the application.

“They (teachers) are likely to fail to meet personal financial liabilities and monthly subscriptions such as medical aid, pensions, funeral assurance and the likes may end up being suspended or potentially lapse a situation which may not be cured by damages.

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MDC-T Activist Arrested For Defacing CCC Campaign Posters

AN MDC-T supporter has appeared in court on charges of violating the Electoral Act after he allegedly defaced campaign posters for a Citizens For Coalition Change CCC National Assembly candidate in Epworth.

Adam Kazembe (55) allegedly defaced campaign posters for CCC Member of Parliament (MP) candidate in Epworth, Earthrage Kureva.

He appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda who remanded him out of custody on ZW$5 000 bail.

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Man In Court For Raping Girl (12)

A 29-year-old man appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court Tuesday facing charges of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The court heard that on February 26 at about 1300 hours, the girl was on her way to buy bread when she was invited by the alleged paedophile, Gabriel Zimuto into his house.

Zimuto then allegedly proposed love to the complainant and she accepted.

The state further alleges Zimuto immediately asked requested for sex ad she complied.

The State, represented by prosecutor Yeukai Dzuda, told the court that the girl’s parents became suspicious after she failed to return home on time, resulting in them going out to search for her.

After finding her, the State further alleged, the parents question her on why she had delayed returning home and she disclosed what had happened.

They then file a police report resulting in Zimuto’s arrest.

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Three soldiers get 15 years each for spate of armed robberies

  • Three Zimbabwean soldiers have been sentenced to 15 years by the military justice system for a spate of armed robberies.
  • The Zimbabwean army says rogue elements in the force will face the full wrath of the law.
  • Critics blame the armed robberies involving the military and police on a failing economy and a poorly paid army.

Three soldiers from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) have each been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being convicted of armed robbery, theft and unlawful entry by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Court Martial.

According to ZNA public relations director Colonel Alphios Makotore, Lance Corporal Fortune Ndlovu, privates Ratiel Manyanga and Kaino Masase were the latest “rogue elements of the force” to be dealt with by the the General Court Martial.

“They were convicted of armed robbery, unlawful entry, and theft after a fully contested trial before the General Court Martial seating in Bulawayo last week. They had all pleaded not guilty to the charges,” he said.

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Chihuri Corruption Trial Postponed

THE High Court has postponed the corruption case in which the State seeks to forfeit properties worth US$32 million owned by former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri and his family.

The State believes the assets are party of the massive wealth Chihuri corruptly amassed when he was police boss.

Justice Pisirai Kwenda postponed the case to March 16, because he had a busy schedule.

The former commissioner-general is being accused of side-tracking US$32 million of public funds into family companies and buying properties during his 25-year tenure.

He is alleged to have sold five properties between 2017 and 2018 following his unceremonious departure.

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