THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

THE MILITARY

As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.

PROPHET WALTER MAGAYA

He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.

TSVANGIRAI THE SURVIVOR

Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2021

ZIMBA UP FOR CARJACKING IN BOTSWANA

Two men, a Zimbabwean, Thabani Moyo and a local, Jabulani Kesiile of Bluetown, pleaded 'not guilty' to the offence of robbing a person of his BMW 1 series car on Monday.

The state alleges that the duo and another person not before the court robbed Elias Fani of his BMW worth P48,000 on June 17, 2020, at Borolong village using violence.

The state also alleges that in total the accused robbed Fani of his car and other goods (money and cellphones) worth a little over P62,000.

When the accused appeared before Magistrate Thabang Chokwe for arraignment, Moyo pleaded guilty to the offence of entering Botswana illegally but just like Kesiile, pleaded not guilty to robbery. Moyo pleaded with the court to give him the earliest trial dates possible since he has been languishing in jail for 17 months ever since he was arrested in connection with the offences.

Moyo also bemoaned the prosecution had in the past promised to furnish him with statements from Mascom and Orange telecommunications companies, but have not honoured that promise.

“I also make an application for the investigating officer (IO) to be availed in court to explain how I am linked with these offences because I was simply arrested for being found in the company of other accused persons. I have told the IO that I know nothing about these offences but he just charged me [anyway],” Moyo decried.

Chokwe advised Moyo to reserve that plea since the IO will come before the court to give his version of the story after which Moyo will be allowed to cross-examine him. In response to the evidence from Mascom and Orange, prosecutor Neo Machola said that she was not given any evidence from Mascom and Orange.

Moyo was further remanded in custody while Kesiile is currently on bail. The accused are due in court on January 25, 2022.

Previously, Justice Tshegofatso Mogomotsi stated that Moyo was denied bail at Francistown Magistrate's Courts in September 2021, since it was feared that he may interfere with investigations if he was granted bail since the investigations were by then still fresh.

The judge also said that the fact that Moyo was illegally in Botswana worsened his plight because he was a flight risk. “According to the affidavit of the IO, the applicants were arrested a month after the alleged commissioning of the offence. The IO further said that the police fired warning shots in the air in a bid to arrest the applicants but the applicants ignored those shots and escaped. The IO also stated that none of the applicants gave concrete reasons why they escaped when the police tried to arrest them. I find the averments by the applicants that they handed themselves to the police as an afterthought meant to mislead this court. The applicants find themselves in the current situation because of their actions. In the premises, their application for bail is hereby dismissed,” Mogomotsi had said.

At the end of the ruling, Mogomotsi also advised the applicants that the law allows them to make another bail application if there are any changes of circumstances in their matter. Mmegi

WE HAVE NO FUEL : COPS TELL MACHETE ATTACK VICTIM

A Kadoma man who was attacked by 12 men armed with machetes and knobkerries in Zhombe sometime in September, is calling for justice.

Kizito Fofo, 54, had his legs and hands broken and sustained head and body injuries after the gang, led by one his neighbours, attacked him.

Narrating his ordeal from his home village, Fofo told H-Metro that John and his other accomplices have not yet been arrested.

“I have been admitted at Kadoma General Hospital since September 20 when I got injured but no arrests have been made,” said Fofo.

“I lodged a police report against them under CR 81 at Empress Police Station.

“Officers are arguing that they are yet to get fuel allocation since September when some of the suspects are within the village.

“My medical doctor told me that some of these injuries are permanent.

“My appeal to law enforcement agencies is arrest these guys and take them to court for justice.

“They have killed my life and that of my children,” said Fofo. Fofo, a father of 13, told H-Metro that the gang attacked him for defending his two children who had clashed with one of them.

He is a peasant farmer and has eight children currently under his custody who are looking up to him to put food on the table in that condition. H Metro

SUPA, TYSON ATTACHMENT : EX CHIEF MAGISTRATE FOUND NOT GUILTY

The High Court has cleared former Chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe in his alleged involvement to place ex-ministers Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere on attachment at Harare Magistrates’ court where the duo was also on remand.

Guvamombe was facing two counts of abuse of office for allegedly defeating the course of justice and awarding the attachment places without seeking authority from his superiors at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

He had applied for discharge at the close of the State case at the High Court.

In her ruling, Justice Felistas Chatukuta found Guvamombe not guilty on count two.

“With respect to count two, I find the concession by the State that it has not established a prima face case proper.

“There is no evidence on which a reasonable court, acting carefully, might properly convict Guvamombe. The application with regards to count two succeeds.

“The accused is found not guilty and discharged on count two,” ruled Judge Chatukuta.

Prosecuting, the State led by Whisper Mabhaudhi, had conceded that there was conflicting evidence from witnesses including the JSC permanent secretary Walter Chikwanha and Sithembinkosi Msipa.

Chikwanha had told the court that Guvamombe acted lawfully whilst Msipa who was acting secretary at the time was of the view that the former chief should have sought authority before accepting the two and 41 others on attachment.

Mabhaudhi said the application for discharge was merited since there were no guidelines regarding enrolment of attaches at JSC during the said period.

Justice Chatukuta went on to dismiss Guvamombe’s application for discharge on his first count.

“The application for discharge at the close of the State case be and hereby dismissed with respect to count one,” she said.

Guvamombe still has to defend himself in the first count where he is being accused of allegedly recusing former magistrate Elijah Makomo from a case involving his alleged business partner’s son, Nathan Mnaba.

Makomo was allegedly advised to report to Guvamombe’s office with Nathan’s court record and was told that he was mishandling the matter and as such should recuse himself.

It is the State’s case that Guvamombe went on to handle the complainant’s case despite the fact that he had had a previous business relationship with Mnaba’s father.

Mnaba was later acquitted of his charges by another magistrate who was assigned by Guvamombe.

The trial continues this Friday. H Metro

 

IT WAS HORRIFIC : LAWYER'S FAMILY SPEAKS


 THE Chadcombe family that was held hostage by five armed robbers at gun point described the experience as horrific.

The family was rescued by the father of the house, Harare lawyer and former CID detective Joseph Nemaisa, who gunned down three of the five robbers in a fierce exchange. He had been tipped by his son that the family was being held hostage.

The incident took place from Monday evening into the early hours of Tuesday.

Nemaisa was not at home at the time the armed men broke into the house. However, his son Courage (18) noticed the robbers after they broke in and managed to make a short p[hone call to his father before the robbers force-marched him to fish out his hiding mother.

Nemaisa, who is now a lawyer, reacted swiftly and arrived from Mandara at the scene within 10 minutes.

H-Metro visited the scene and spoke to Nemaisa’s wife Fadzanai Musarurwa who was held at gun point by the robbers before seeing three of them shot dead.

“The incident occurred around 9pm and when they arrived, they banged the door twice since the door was locked.

“I realised something was wrong when they banged the door the second time so I went into the bathroom and locked the door.

“They demanded that I come out of the bathroom and they were holding Courage, my son hostage while demanding that I come out.

“Fortunately, Courage had managed to call his dad before they saw him. They tied us up and ordered us to lie down before demanding money,” she said.

Fadzanai said she calmly complied with the orders.

“I gave them USD$850 but they wanted more and all the children were tied. I did not see their faces since they were wearing masks.

“I was confused during that moment and I did not see much,” she added.

Fadzanai said she did not have any more money in the house but the masked robbers did not believe her so they started ransacking the house.

When they failed to find money, they decided to load clothes into bags to make away with the loot.

The robbers thought they had time, unaware of the fact that Courage had called Nemaisa.

Nemaisa got to the house and observed what was happening from outside. He reportedly fired a warning shot which sent the robbers into panic but they did not surrender. Instead they started shooting through the windows not knowing where Nemaisa was located.

Nemaisa was, however, more calculated and took them out one by one until he ran out of ammunition.

Fadzanai said three of the robbers were shot without knowing who was firing at them.

“They were in panic when they realised that they were being shot by someone they were not seeing.

“Magetsi anga achangobva kuuya and I had told Courage to switch off the generator but the robbers arrived before he could go out.”

The woman said the remaining robbers were afraid to move within the house and the forced her and her children to search the dead and get their guns.

“I was forced to search the dead bodies since they wanted to see what was in their pockets. They were looking for a pistol. All my curtains, windows were destroyed and my grade seven child was traumatised since he was forced to take a gun from a dead robber,” said Fadzanai.

After running out of ammunition, Nemaisa tip-toed out of the premises to look for backup at Hatfield Police Station.

Fadzanai said the remaining robbers took the opportunity to leave during Nemaisa’s absence and left with the money and some valuables. H Metro

FREE BAIL FOR US$1,3M FRAUD SUSPECT

Arrested company director Munyaradzi Gonyora was on Monday granted free bail by Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi barely a month after he was arrested for fraud involving US$1,3 million.

He was represented by lawyer Admire Rubaya.

Gonyora, a non-executive director with Adlecraft Investments (Private) Limited, faces fraud charges.

It is alleged that he and Belinda Shumirai Mutengwa and Gilad Shabtai decided to steal money from Adlecraft Investments. They allegedly opened a conduit account with Getbucks, without Adelcraft board approval.

Mutengwa allegedly opened this account without following all the requirements for opening a corporate account, and in particular without the knowledge of director Offer Sivan.

It was further alleged that on March 18, and without the authority of either the board or shareholders, Shabtai wrote a letter to the CEO of Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamonds Company, a company that owed the Adlecraft money, asking requesting that the money be deposited into the Getbucks account.

Shabtai and Gonyora are alleged to have transferred money from the Getbucks account into a South African registered account with Investec Bank, belonging to Shabtai’s company purporting to be paying for mining equipment that had already been paid for. Herald

 

4 031 COVID-19 CASES IN ONE DAY IN ZIM

Zimbabwe saw 4 031 new Covid-19 confirmed cases recorded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care yesterday, the highest daily total since the first case was seen in the country early last year.

The previous daily record was 3 110 at the peak of the third wave.

The current wave has seen rapidly rising infection rates over the past 12 days since the rolling average hit 26, a post third-wave minimum, on Thursday November 25.

Infection rates went over 1 000 a day on Thursday last week, halved on Sunday to 523, and then shot up to 2 555 on Monday and 4 031 yesterday. In the seven days from Wednesday last week to yesterday there have been 11 007 new cases.

Death rates remained very low as the current wave gathered momentum, being either zero or just one each day until this week. On Monday though three deaths were reported and yesterday four, all in health facilities.

The numbers in hospital are still small although there were 52 new admissions yesterday.

By 3pm yesterday, there were 226 Covid-19 patients in hospital with 13 showing no symptoms, 173 showing mild to moderate symptoms, 39 showing severe symptoms and just one needing intensive care.

This means just 1,9 percent of the 11 908 active cases are in hospital, the rest sufficiently mild to be recovering at home or school.

Vaccinations are now starting to rise, with 32 921 jabs given yesterday to bring the totals to 3 896 589 people having at least one jab  and of these 2 910 953 having had both. Herald

SHAKE IT : DEALER BASHES WIVES OVER BUMS SHAKING

 One of Zvishavane’s top gold dealers, Samson Gondwe has been caged in prison until December 9, 2021 for allegedly assaulting his two wives who had refused to shake their bums in public.

This happens when the World is commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence.

The incident happened on Saturday when Gondwe popularly known as Sam Dread was drinking beer with his two wives Precious Mushaikwa and Popadopoules Droder Mollin.

Many residents did not believe that Gondwe will be remanded in prison because of his wealth but Zvishavane Magistrate Evia Matura proved that the law in her courtroom was not selective.

State prosecutor Isheunesu Mashayanye vehemently refused bail for the accused arguing that he was likely to interfere with witnesses since the two complainants were his wives. He also said that the accused could run away as he had the means to do so.

“Sam Dread” pleaded not guilty when charged with contravening the Domestic Violence Act.

Mashayanye told the court that on Saturday the accused and his wives were drinking beer at a car sale opposite Zvishavane Magistrate court.

Gondwe ordered his wives to shake their buttocks in front of some men that were also drinking beer at the place but they refused. The accused then threw stones at his wife hitting their heads and legs.

He initially went to court on Saturday morning but the prosecutor could not take any action against the accused allegedly because his docket had missing information and this sent the social media abuzz with residents claiming that Gondwe had paid bribes. Masvingo Mirror

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

WE NOW FEAR FOR OUR LIVES : TEACHERS

TEACHERS’ unions on Monday expressed fear of a clampdown to intimidate them against demanding better salaries after President Emmerson Mnangagwa accused them of pursuing a regime change agenda.

Mnangagwa said the unions were working in cahoots with the United Kingdom and the West in their plot to oust the Zanu PF government.

But teachers unions expressed concern that such utterances put the lives of educators at risk as the country gears for the 2023 elections.

They alleged that Mnangagwa might have been misinformed by his advisers, and challenged him to provide proof of teachers working with foreign powers.

The country’s elections have often been violent, especially towards opponents of the ruling party.

During a Monday media briefing in Harare, teachers demanded that a probe team be set up to look into the issue as it was likely to put their lives at risk.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said their only agenda was to fight for decent salaries.

“There is nothing like seeking regime change besides asking for teachers to be paid for invigilation, to be paid a specific salary or decent salary for them to live well as citizens in this country, that is all,” Ndlovu said.

“All we have done is to stick to the principles of asking the government to find a solution to make sure that teachers live decent lives, and all we are doing is within the confines of the law as provided for by the Constitution.”

Ndlovu said teachers were aware that their negotiations with the government would not easily yield positive results but they would soldier on.

“We are bracing ourselves for very tough negotiations. It won’t come out easily; we are not expecting it to come on a platter.

“We have done everything above board, we have been seeking to engage the ministers, the Public Service Commission, the President and that is all we have done,” he said.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou said the statement by Mnangagwa was meant to justify a possible clampdown on leaders of teachers’ unions ahead of the 2023 elections.

“The issue of intimidation is there because you have people believing that it’s true. We are clear and we have never worked with the United Kingdom, we are simply representing the teachers.

“The problem we have in Zimbabwe is that we have people who deliberately lie to the President for personal reasons, but you cannot run a country through gossip and lies.

“We challenge those who have been peddling the falsehoods to provide the evidence so that we prove we have not been working with anyone. History will absolve us.

“The danger is that merely blaming us without providing evidence is an attempt to silence us on key issues that we have. It is a diversionary tactic where we are raising serious issues to do with the issue of salaries and invigilation, then someone raises an issue that you are working to remove the government so that you focus on sideshows away from the main issues.”

“We really believe that genuine leaders would strive to find the truth and not necessarily blame people who have not done anything wrong.

“We have not done anything wrong except representing our members.”

Teachers have been demanding a decent salary based on US$540 which they earned in October 2018 while the government has offered much less.

Teachers have declared incapacitation and have refused to invigilate the ongoing Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council examinations without payment. Newsday

 

PASSENGER HIJACKS LOADED PIRATE TAXI

POLICE in Marondera on Monday arrested a 29-year-old man who hijacked a vehicle he was a passenger after the driver went to relieve himself in the bush, leaving the keys on the ignition.

Tapuwa Mabvunga, of Dudley Farm, has since been charged with theft of a motor vehicle as well as driving without a licence.

Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachii yesterday confirmed the incident, and urged motorists not to leave vehicle keys on the ignition.

“We urge motorists to be cautious always. They should not leave their engines on or car keys on ignition to avoid such incidents,” he said.

According to police, on December 6 at around 8am, Peter Katukuta (61) was driving a Honda Fit from Wedza to Marondera with four passengers on board.

As he approached the Dudley Farm area, he stopped the vehicle and rushed into a nearby bush to relieve himself.

Mabvunga seized the opportunity and jumped onto the driver’s seat before driving off with the other three passengers towards Marondera.

After driving for a distance, the suspect stopped and ordered the passengers to get out of the car before speeding off.

A report was made to the police who intercepted the suspect in Marondera town, leading to his arrest.

He is set to appear in court. Herald

ED MEETS ADVISORS , RAGES AT SPECULATORS

Pricing by businesses using black-market exchange rates yet getting foreign currency at the auctions run by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is seeing prices rise unnecessarily and a danger of speculation dominating the economy, President Mnangagwa said yesterday.

Speaking during a meeting with the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and business leaders in the Private Sector Forum yesterday, the President said he was worried that people were being forced to panic-buy goods and foreign currency at high premiums.

The meeting was a platform for Government, the private sector and the PAC to look at the business environment in the country, and see what was needed to accelerate growth and help the private sector create the new wealth needed to fulfil the 2030 Vision.

“Of late, I have noted that the manufacturing of basic commodities such as cooking oil and bread has been stable owing to Government’s continued prioritisation of foreign currency allocation for the import of crude soya bean oil and wheat.

“This has included medical drugs and other essential products and services. However, the pricing of these commodities is getting beyond the reach of the generality of our communities, as they are being pegged against the parallel foreign currency exchange rate.

“We cannot have our economy being determined and dominated by speculators,” he said.

So Government and business needed to intensify efforts to bring the country back to normalcy.

President Mnangagwa said Government through the 2022 National Budget would deliberately continue prioritising and supporting local manufacturers through supply side interventions.

In addition, the President said the National Budget had come up with interventions that sought to cushion Zimbabweans to ensure access to social protection.

Economic growth is required to create the wealth so Zimbabweans enter an upper middle income society by 2030 and the President said private sector-led economic growth was a key cog of Government’s strategies.

“As you are aware, our Vision (2030) will be attained through the implementation of three development frameworks, namely: the Transitional Stabilisation Plan 2018-2020; and two consecutive National Development Strategies covering 2021-2025 and 2026-2030.

“This is a trajectory we must traverse together, with the full participation of us all. It is upon this background that I found it fitting that we meet as Government, the Presidential Advisory Council and representative of business as represented by members of the Private Sector Forum, to reaffirm our commitment to our national vision and shared course,” he added.

The President said despite the challenges Zimbabweans had faced, the nation had continued working together through the proactive and complementary attitude and interventions by business, which deserved commendation.

“My Government remains optimistic of a sustainable and stable future socio-economic outlook, as we build back better.

“It is critical, however, that we strengthen our resolve to work together through various forms of engagement and consultation to arrive at shared and inclusive decisions.

“This was always my desire from the onset. Regrettably, the Covid-19 pandemic placed us in an environment where we failed to meet.

“Following the national vaccination programme, Government is now better placed to undertake stakeholder consultations at regular intervals.

“This will enable us to collectively address challenges our nation may face and also sharpen strategies for a more prosperous future.

“Sharing perspectives on platforms such as this one, will indeed help attend to those lingering factors militating against the achievement of our nation’s desired socio-economic goals,” said President Mnangagwa.

He said Government was aware of the operational challenges which needed to be addressed to move with the developmental agenda espoused in the NDS-1, and had endeavoured to address most of these through the recently delivered 2022 National Budget and the monetary policies.

Government was committed to improving the supply of affordable power and energy as well as efficiencies at ports of entry while focusing on attracting and retaining  investment.

“Efforts to plug leakages and dealing with the cancer of corruption are also being scaled up. I have challenged my administration to come up with a robust communication strategy for the achievements that we have so far attained,” he said.

He wanted the private sector to take part in the preparations for the country’s showcase of investment opportunities at the World Economic Forum in January.

“Let me reiterate that in unity and common purpose, through hard honest work and the right mindset, the enabling infrastructure as well as the conducive business environment being created by my Government, along with a progressive and patriotic private sector, Vision 2030 will be achieved, even before the set timeframe.

“Zimbabwe is a giant and our time has come. Brick by brick, stone upon stone we are indeed becoming a prosperous and empowered society,” President Mnangagwa said.

Speaking after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the PAC and the private sector commended the Government on its several achievements that include economic growth, reduction of inflation, increased capacity utilisation and improved infrastructure development among others.

Issues raised by the PAC and the private sector included the need to deal with inflation caused by foreign exchange rate disparities and agree on a roadmap to salvage economic gains among other issues.

“The private sector also acknowledged the Global Compensation Agreement and noted that this would go a long way in guaranteeing the real value for land.

They recommended that going forward land should become a balance sheet item which people can borrow against, turning farming into a business in the truest sense,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

PAC members came out in their numbers yesterday, with Pastor Shingi Munyeza who had missed a couple of sessions in the past, also attending. Herald

STATE TO SEIZE GINIMBI'S EXPENSIVE CARS


The value of ill-gotten assests seized and forfeited to the national treasury by the Second Republic is now over US$30 million, as legal proceedings are underway to forfeit expensive vehicles – a Lamborghini and a Rolls Royce – belonging to late socialite and businessman, Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure.

Zimbabwe is on a crusade to fight corruption, which had become a cancer to the economy. Gaps in tracking and prosecution of cases involving graft have created leverage for offenders, amid revelations that several cases are still under investigation as authorities battle to bring culprits to book.

Treasury, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and other anti-graft partners are now applying robust measures from seizures to making applications for forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth, including vehicles used to commit crimes.

The anti-corruption authorities estimate that billions of United States dollars could be siphoned out of the country annually.

Assets worth over US$30 million dollars have so far been recovered spreading over immovable properties and luxury vehicles linked to top business executives and high-profile individuals, Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi has said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the National Development Strategy 1 Strategic Plan Review and crafting of the secretary’s contract for 2022 in Gweru on Monday, Mr Hodzi said Government was leaving no stone unturned in fighting graft.

“In terms of asset recovery and forfeiture, we can only properly pronounce that we have recovered assets after a court order. There is a whole application, court process done in the High Court under the Money Laundering and Regulations Act. What we have is an asset forfeiture office that takes those applications of unexplained wealth and for those that would have been found on the wrong side of the law,” he said.

Mr Hodzi said ill-gotten wealth cases involving former Cabinet ministers and top officials, among others, were before the courts.

“We have civil and criminal processes against fugitives who include (Saviour) Kasukuwere, (Walter) Mzembi, (Godfrey) Gandawa, Jonathan Moyo, Augustine Chihuri, (Patrick) Zhuwao and others. In these cases, what we have done is because the accused persons absconded from trial or when we served them with indict papers, they removed themselves from the jurisdiction of the country and went into foreign jurisdictions, we continued with the matters,” he said.

“We are continuing with trials with applications and I am happy that we have developed adequate jurisprudence. This is the first time in the history of the country.

“The US$30 million we are talking about is in the form of physical assets that now belong to the Government. It’s not money we are picking from thin air but from such criminals.

“There is a forfeiture of a house from a Zinara official and right now it’s being managed by the asset management unit in terms of the law. There are a number of properties forfeited under the same provision and last week we forfeited six trucks from illicit businesses.”

The late socialite and businessman, Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure with some of his cars

Mr Hodzi said in the case involving Kadungure, an order has been made for the forfeiture of his vehicles.

We are seeking a final order to forfeit quite expensive cars such as Rolls Royce and Lamborghini from Genius Kadungure, the now deceased. During trials when he was still alive, there is one involving illegal importation of high performing, expensive cars,” he said.

“We have evidence from South Africa of the Rolls Royce and Lamborghini of how much he paid on the South African side, how much he paid the manufacturers. We have evidence of how much he paid in duty when he brought them to the country and undervalued.

“We were able to prove that he defrauded Zimra of duty and we simply impounded and made sure the cars were forfeited to the State.”

Mr Hodzi said the aim of the blitz was to disable criminals from destroying the economy, adding that most of the property was brought by the criminals using public funds.

“So as the Second Republic is rebuilding, every penny must be accounted for. So, having the forfeiture orders is empowering Treasury and the public,” he said.

“We want to discourage criminals and make sure that the adage which says crime pays doesn’t apply because crime doesn’t pay. We will be going for ill-gotten property by criminals.”

Mr Hodzi said asset recovery was one of the biggest arsenals for the Prosecutor-General.

“What we have done is to restructure the asset recovery unit and a team of dedicated prosecutors to assist the Prosecutor-General.

“This will be used as a tool to disrupt the activities of organised cartels. We have a massive number of cases,” he said. Chronicle

TAPIWA'S FAMILY PIN HOPES ON DNA TESTS

THE family of slain Murewa minor Tapiwa Makore, who was allegedly killed in cold blood by his uncle in a ritual murder, now hopes to find closure to the matter on DNA tests that are set to be carried out on a skull believed to be his.

Makore was killed in September 2020 in Nyamutumbu village, Murewa, and his remains were buried without the head in March this year.

Police later recovered some bones and parts of a skull in a toilet at the homestead of Tapiwa Makore Senior, who is one of the accused in the murder case.

“We are now waiting for the DNA tests on the skull to be done. Remember, there are some bones, including a skull, that were picked some time ago. That is the position of the family for now,” Munyaradzi Makore, Tapiwa’s father said.

Tapiwa Senior and his herdboy Tafadzwa Shamba are currently in remand prison in connection with the murder case. Shamba confessed that they killed the boy to boost their horticultural project.

Munyaradzi expressed concern that conclusion of his son’s murder case was taking long.

Tapiwa got a State-assisted funeral with thousands of people, including government officials, in attendance. Newsday