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Man who killed wife and s.e.xually abused her corpse, commits suicide

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Judge Evans Zinzombe, the Bulawayo man who callously murdered his wife and went on to sexually abuse her corpse in full view of the couple’s minor children, was found dead with police linking his death to suicide.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, who reported the murder incident Friday, said in a statement Saturday that Zinzombe was found hanging from a metal roof truss at a local church in Cowdray Park suburb.

“The ZRP reports that Judge Evans Zinzombe (36) who was being sought in connection with the callous murder of his estranged wife, Phelomina Mabika (32) which occurred on 07/12/2022 at a house in Cowdray Park, Bulawayo, has committed suicide.

“His body was found hanging from a metal roof truss at a local church in Cowdray Park, Bulawayo,” police said.

Reporting the murder Friday, Nyathi said Zinzombe allegedly “sneaked into the room where his wife Pholomina Mabika (32), daughter (12) and a son (7) before strangling her to death with hands”.

The two were reportedly having marital disputes which forced them to sleep in separate rooms.

After the callous murder, the suspect allegedly went on to sexually abuse the body in full view of his children.

The children spent the whole night with the body before a police report was made in the morning.

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Sugar shortage hits Zimbabwe

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Some parts of the country such as the capital, Harare, are experiencing shortages of sugar supplies at retail shops with the informal sector struggling to restock.
A snap survey yesterday confirmed that sugar was in short supply at most shelves, including at smaller retailers in Harare.

Retailers that spoke to NewsDay claimed that this was due to supply bottlenecks at sugar manufacturer Hippo Valley Estates (Hippo).

The retailers were demanding customers buy goods worth US$100 to make them eligible to buy sugar while others simply demanded a dollar or more for each pack of 10 units on top of the marked price.

Tongaat Hulett chief executive Aiden Mhere, however, quickly dispelled such claims saying his company was adequately stocked, while production is going on smoothly.

Mhere said there was enough sugar on the market, with some of it being exported.

“I am on leave for a week now, but I can assure you that there are no supply bottlenecks whatsoever. We have no problem on our end other than that the possibility that some players, particularly the smaller ones, are unable to pay for deliveries, and we can’t continue to supply people who are not paying,” Mhere told NewsDay.

“There are no supply bottlenecks that I know for sure and you can even contact my colleagues from the office.”

Hippo Valley chief operating officer Sylvester Mangani said the company had huge stocks of sugar and was able to meet demand.

However, he said there were some players that were unable to restock.

“Remember there was an influx of imports after duty on basics was lifted. Now that we are back to normal, some players can’t afford to re-stock. Informal retailers pay cash upfront and are, therefore, likely experiencing cashflow challenges,” Mangani said.

In its latest annual report for 2022, Hippo Valley said although local demand for sugar remained strong as industry recovered from the impacts of COVID-19, the sugar industry was engaging authorities to ensure an even competitive playing field against cheap imports of sugar originating from surplus producers, who enjoy duty protection in their host countries.

The Zimbabwe Sugar Industry has a single marketing desk administered by Zimbabwe Sugar Sales (Private) Limited.

The company’s share of total industry sugar sales volumes of 394 000 tonnes for the year ended March 31, 2022 was 53,2%.

Total industry sugar sales into the domestic market for the year at 356 000 tonnes were 10% higher than the previous year, driven by strong domestic demand.

Industry export sales, however, decreased by 67% to 38 000 tonnes following redirection of supply to the local market in view of the increased demand.

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Mary Mubaiwa’s Pretoria home and Range Rovers seized by South African authorities

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Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s ex-wife Marry Mubaiwa’s troubles continue mounting after a South African court has ordered the seizure of her Pretoria home and her two Land Rover vehicles until her money laundering and fraud trial is concluded in Zimbabwe.

The order to seize the property follows a request to South African authorities by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) who are investigating her offences.

The property is believed to have been purchased using crime proceeds allegedly acquired by the former model when she still enjoyed privileges associated with being the VP’s wife.

“In terms of section 38(2) of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, No 121 of 1998 (the Act) all persons with knowledge of this order, are, other than as required and permitted by this order, prohibited from removing, taking possession of or control over, dissipating, interfering with or otherwise dealing in any manner with the property to which this order relates,” ruled the High Court in South Africa.

“It is ordered that the South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn police station under Case 308/01/2020 to seize the property as 1,2 an 1,3 above to be kept for safekeeping at Pretoria West Pound VSS, until the outcome of the forfeiture proceedings to be instituted in terms of section 48 of the Act.”

The Registrar of Deeds Office, Pretoria was also ordered to restrict execution or attachment of the property without the High Court’s approval.

Mubaiwa however has a chance to defend the forfeiture order, which follows a successful application by South Africa’s National Director of Public Prosecutions.

To support its application, the State deposed an affidavit through Skuta David Mfopha, an investigator attached to the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) in the NPA.

The application was in terms of Chapter 6, section 38(1) of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 (the POCA) for a preservation of property order.

According to court papers, Mubaiwa is the Chief Executive Officer for East Town Commodities (Pvt) Ltd and the attached property was registered under the company’s subsidiaries, East Town Electricals, La Challe Travel and Tours, East town Events, Tarnor Investments (Pvt) Ltd.

Mfopha said, “I further submit that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the company registered in terms of the Republic of South African Company Laws, namely La Chelle Travel and tours, were used by Marry Mubaiwa as instrumentalists to facilitate the commission of fraud/theft or money laundering.”

He added that Mubaiwa’s conduct established so far was indicative of how she operated her scheme of fraud or theft and money laundering.

Documents show that South Africa’s NPA on October 14 last year received a request for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) for Zimbabwe against Mubaiwa.

ZACC Commissioner Frank Muchengwa told South African authorities the anti-graft body had received information from a whistleblower that Mubaiwa had fraudulently exported funds to South Africa to buy some properties.

It is alleged that Mubaiwa instructed Memory Chakulinga, her relative and managing director of her two companies in SA, Falcon Project Pty and Bonnets Electrical Pty in Pretoria, to raise proforma invoices for the purchase of event tents and chairs and prepaid meters.

Muchengwa said the invoices would then be referred to Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) as if they specifically intended to purchase the goods but the funds were allegedly diverted to purchase her personal properties.

“Chakulinga states further that Mubaiwa is her aunt and she recalls Mubaiwa approaching her to assist in setting up a business in South Africa as she indicated that she had won a tender in Zimbabwe. Chakulinga also allegedly said Mubaiwa had told her that she had the facility to get money from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for funding the business,” Muchengwa said.

Chakulinga allegedly offered assistance with a place to open a business at her premises.

She was then asked to do proforma invoices in the name of Tanor Investment for supply of event hosting accessories tents for R203 308 and the invoices had Mubaiwa’s Falcon Suppliers FNB bank accounts.

Court papers show that in December 2018, R203 308 was deposited into the account from CBZ and according to the narration, it was intended for the purchase of tents.

“According to Chakulinga, upon receipt in her account the funds, Mubaiwa instructed her to divert the funds towards purchase of Range Rover at Menlyn in Pretoria,” reads court papers.

“Chakulinga states that she paid R4 million to Range Rover Menlyn and she was told by Mubaiwa that the motor vehicle was to be taken to Zimbabwe but to her surprise, it was registered in South Africa under Marry Mubaiwa.”

In May, according to Chakulinga, another R2 million was deposited into Bonnette Electrical FNB account and she was called by the bank to confirm the receipt of the funds.

She did what she had been instructed to do before but this time on the invoices indicated she was to buy electrical prepaid meters.

Chakulinga added that after the release of the funds, Mubaiwa ordered her to transfer R4 96 500 to Martin Potgieter Trust Account at Standard Bank.

According to Muchengwa, there was financial flow from CBZ to FNB that was detected on the accounts.

It was established that one of the signatories at Mubaiwa’s East Town Commodities was Jeffery Jenje and he allegedly confirmed this.

Jenje also confirmed payments that were made and also that Mubaiwa indeed purchased two vehicles.

Proof of vehicle purchase was provided by Jacobus Hercules Du Preez.

Du Preez said Mubaiwa bought two vehicles worth R1, 6 and R1,8 million respectively.

The ongoing investigations also revealed that Mubaiwa bought a house by sourcing cash from individual companies to purchase on her behalf.

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Couple kills newborn baby and throws body into trench

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A couple allegedly killed its newly-born baby before dumping the body in a trench.

So heartless was the act that one of the parents was overcome with guilt and reported the case to the police.

Yesterday, the couple, from New Mabvuku, appeared in court accused of infanticide.

The child’s father, Samson Jackson (46) was the one who reported himself to the police, two days after the incident, saying he could not keep his silence anymore.

Jackson and his wife, Martha Gomo (32) appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.

The court heard that Gomo gave birth alone in her bedroom on the nigoundht of December 11.

She reportedly wrapped the newly-born baby in a black plastic bag and placed it in a yellow bucket.

She then covered the bucket with a lid.

She allegedly kept the baby in the bucket until it died around midnight.

She called her husband, Jackson, who was in another room with her brother, and asked him to accompany her to get rid of the baby’s body.

They then proceeded to trenches near Tafara High School where they disposed of the body.

The body was discovered by members of the public who informed the police.

Jackson was overcome with guilt and went to confess to the police that he and his wife were responsible, leading to their arrest.

Pardon Dziva prosecuted.

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