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I use snakes to heal the sick — says Gokwe man (26) busted with two Cobras

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By Staff Reporter

A GOKWE man has landed himself in trouble after he was found in possession of two Cobra species, which he claims he uses to heal sick people.

Polite Ncube was arrested last week and appeared at the Kwekwe Magistrates Court facing charges of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act, pertaining to “removing any animal or any part of an animal from any land from one place to another on any land.”

According a statement released by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), on March 25, 2024 at around 3am, Ncube was intercepted by police officers on patrol in Kwekwe central business district while carrying a satchel containing the two reptiles, leading to his arrest.

Ncube was subsequently taken to court.

“The accused person told the court that the snakes were given to him by his grandfather as short roots that grew (morphed) to become the snakes in question which he uses to heal people,” reads the NPA statement.

The court gallery was reportedly left in awe after Ncube made an unbelievable claim that even if the reptiles had been taken away , he was going to reunite with them the moment he got back to Gokwe.

“Despite the forfeiture of the snakes to the State, he said that he will be reunited with them when he gets to his homestead in Gokwe,” the NPA statement further read.

Ncube was convicted and sentenced to pay US$200 fine, or alternatively spend four months imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine

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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape

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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup

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NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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