|74 people have been killed during this festive season up from 64 people killed during the same period last year.
This year continues to top in the number of people killed in road accidents.
An analysis of the road accidents by the ZBC News indicates that most people are killed on Christmas Eve as many will be travelling to various destinations to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.
This year 17 people died on the 24th of December while 9 people were killed last year.
A Gokwe man from Chomvuri village under Chief Nemangwe died after he slept with a married woman in a suspected case of Runyoka.
A reliable source said that WellingtonNyamuziwa who worked at a grinding mill inGokwe was in a relationship with a married woman.“Welly was in love with someone’s wife. The two have been in a relationship for quite some time without the woman’s husband knowing. Sometime in August Welly got sick. He went to the hospital and doctors said they could not find anything wrong with him”, said the source.
“He also consulted healers but none could save him. His whole body was swollen and he was complaining of severe stomach cramps. Before he died he confessed that he had slept with the woman and he thought that could be the reason for his sickness”, added the source.
It is understood that the village headman Ernest Masanzi then summoned the woman’s husband for a meeting. He asked him if he was the one who had put the deadly Runyoka on Nyamuziwa. He however, denied knowing anything concerning the matter. b metro
A ROMAN Catholic priest based at the Gweru Diocese Cathedral Church allegedly committed suicide after stealing and crashing a parish vehicle following a beer drinking spree.
Father Batsirai Marimbe, 31, allegedly drank poison and his body was found at Mutapa Cemetery in Gweru at around 6AM on Saturday.
On Friday night, Father Marimbe allegedly took a parish vehicle which had just returned from routine service and went for a beer drink at Eclipse Night Club with a group of his friends.
According to witnesses, Father Marimbe was involved in an accident in the wee hours of Saturday where one passenger was injured.
The witnesses alleged that he abandoned the vehicle and rushed home.
He then went to Mtapa cemetery in Gweru where he drank poison.
Following his death, rumours started circulating on social media that he had been suspended by Gweru Diocese Bishop, Right Reverend Xavier Munyongani.
Parishioners alleged he did not have a driver’s licence.
Father Marimbe drew the ire of the church when he allegedly assaulted a Priest In-Charge at Hama Mission, Father Caesar Muchingami at Serima Mission in Gutu.
He had allegedly been transferred to Gweru pending hearing.
Bishop Munyongani confirmed Father Marimbe’s suicide at a church service at the Cathedral but denied suspending Father Marimbe over his alleged misconduct.
Addressing parishioners, a visibly distraught Bishop Munyongani said Father Marimbe had committed suicide for reasons better known to himself.
He said it was not true that Father Marimbe had been suspended.
“There are people who are saying Father Marimbe died because he had been suspended. That is not true. What happened is Father Marimbe took one of the parish vehicles and went for a beer drink with his friends and he was involved in an accident at around 2AM.
“He returned home after the incident and left. He was not suspended as alleged by some of you,” said Bishop Munyongani.
Some of the parishioners who declined to be named alleged that Father Marimbe was in the process of acquiring a driver’s licence.
“When he came to Gweru he had been transferred from Hama Mission where he had assaulted Father Muchingami. He was also in the process of acquiring a driver’s license,” said the parishioner.
The Officer Commanding Midlands Senior Assistant Commissioner Shadreck Mubaiwa could neither deny nor confirm the incident.
“I haven’t received a report regarding that matter. I will have to make a follow up and furnish you with details,” he said.
Father Marimbe became a seminarian in 2004 before being ordained in 2012 after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies at the University of Zimbabwe.
He will be buried today at Driefontein Mission in Chirumhanzu at the Diocese Cemetery. The Chronicle
In a bizarre situation that may force Chief Njelele to call for another traditional Indaba to look into a witchcraft quagmire that has rocked his homeland of Gokwe, a man in his late 60s demanded the life of a snake which was killed by Nyaradza township residents in the agro-town last week.
The snake which was causing unrest for the residents of the mentioned suburb, was entering houses of the residents and eating their foodstuffs at night. According to Ms Sibongile Gwabe, “the snake would open basins and feed itself from our left over meals. I saw the reptile with my own eyes eating from our dish at midnight while sitting on its tail, and I was at a loss of words,” she said shaking her head.
The neighbours organised and set a trap for the troublesome reptile and surrounded it, after they sprayed paraffin on all possible ways out. The residents then hit the snake with logs before taking it outside for view by the anxious crowd, who have estimated it to be close to two metres long.
Gwabe alerted her neighbours who thronged the place in droves as they also had seen the reptile in their houses before. The fellow citizen then teamed up and killed it before burning the reptile in paraffin and plastic papers fire.
“The snake started rising in the flame, (somewhat) threatening to free itself, but we were prepared to deal with it severely, because we wanted to have peace,” said another resident who identified herself as Mai Rudo.
As if it was not enough, in the early hours of the morrow day, an old man of about 68 years visited all the neighbours who gathered to kill the reptile and threatened with death if they don’t bring life to the snake they killed the previous night.
Nyaradza Township is a middle suburb in Gokwe town, with a population of a little over 3000 people. They reported the man to their residents’ chairperson, who alerted the police. The Gokwe Police referred the issue to Chief Njelele, as they said it was was more to do with cultural repercussions, carrying no criminal element in it.
Asked to comment, Chief Misheck Njelele blamed all witchcraft issues in his area on gluttony and egocentricity. “I will have to meet with my colleagues this time to clear off all evil doers from Gokwe. We have been tarnished enough and we have had enough of these issues,” he said angrily.
Last time an owl picked a male matured dog in broad day light during a traditional meeting that was called by chief Njelele to deal with witchcraft issues, and he had to call for an urgent meeting concerning the issue.
Gokwe has in recent years been awash with witchcraft scandals that left property investors with numerous questions on whether to build or not.
New Wallabies captain David Pocock plans to lead by deed rather than word and has already got the seal of approval from one of his predecessors.
Zimbabwean-born Pocock will lead an Australian side containing five uncapped players in the Test against Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday.
Two New Zealand-born backs, the Queensland Reds’ Mike Harris and the Melbourne Rebels Joe Tomane, will make their debuts at inside centre and wing respectively.
Wallabies selections for Scotland Test
The Wallabies team selection for the 2012 international series were announced today. With five new names on the sheet, the Wallabies start their domestic schedule against Scotland, in Newcastle, on Tuesday night before a three test series against Six Nations Champions, Wales, later in June. Photo: Stefan Postles/Gett
Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday named hardliner Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president, putting the former justice minister in pole position to succeed him.
Mugabe announced the appointment at party headquarters to loud applause, days after sacking one-time presidential hopeful turned rival Joice Mujuru as vice president.
Nicknamed “Ngwena” (The Crocodile) because of his ruthlessness, Mnangagwa has held various senior posts in the country’s defence and internal security apparatus.
He is also reputed to one of the richest men in the country.
The 68-year-old played a critical role in Mugabe’s crackdown against opposition supporters that claimed thousands of lives in the 1980s, and became internationally known as “Gukurahundi.”
Mnangagwa also helped Mugabe hold on to power during 2008 elections, which the opposition won in the first round, but which were in the second round boycotted because of widespread intimidation and violence.
On Wednesday 90-year-old Mugabe also named former diplomat Phelekezela Mphoko to the largely symbolic post of second vice president.
“There are two vice-presidents. From the former ZANU we have Emmerson Mnangagwa,” Mugabe said. “We say congratulations to him.”
“From the former ZAPU we have Phelekezela Mphoko.”
The ruling ZANU-PF is an amalgam of two independence struggle parties, but Mugabe’s ZANU faction has long been dominant.
The two appointments cap Mugabe’s recent purge of rivals, a bid to end fierce infighting over who will take over from him.
Analysts say Mugabe is increasingly concerned with making sure his family is secure after he steps down or leaves power.
As part of that purge Mugabe on Tuesday announced the sacking of Mujuru and eight ministers.
He said the replacement ministers will be announced soon, “but the vice-presidents are incumbent. These I would like to be sworn-in on Friday at State House.”
Rumours had swirled that Mugabe may seek to appoint his wife Grace to one of the vice presidential posts, a move commentators saw as unlikely given her recent entry into politics.
In recent months she has been used as Mugabe’s attack dog, hitting out at Mujuru and her supporters as plotting to overthrow the president and alleging dodgy business dealings.