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ZACC arrests more ARDA officials over corruption

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By Staff Reporter

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested three more Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) officials for misrepresenting that they owned land under irrigation and benefiting from a government support programme, barely a month after apprehending another.

Chamunorwa Gombe, Munyaradzi Oshipeya and Silas Chimbiro were all expected to appear before the Karoi Magistrate Courts on Wednesday.

They are alleged to have abused their office and illegally benefitted from an inputs scheme that was meant for farmers tilling on irrigated land.

They misrepresented ownership of land while Gombe further stands singularly accused of using the proceeds of the crime to acquire property.

“ZACC has arrested Chamunorwa Gombe, Munyaradzi Oshipeya, and Silas Chimbiro on allegations of fraud,” read a statement from the anti-graft body.

“The three are alleged to have fraudulently acquired farming inputs under the ARDA Joint Venture Programme by misrepresenting to ARDA that they owned land under irrigation in Hurungwe and Karoi.

“As a result of their misrepresentation, they received fertilizers, seeds, and chemicals, which they sold.

“Gombe is also facing charges of money laundering as he is alleged to have used the proceeds of the crime to acquire tainted property.”

ARDA is implementing the Agriculture Ministry’s Joint Venture Farming Programme meant to contract 100 000 hectares to farmers.

Early February ZACC arrested Karoi-based Simbarashe Changachimire on similar allegations.

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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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