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Police beat men to death
BULAWAYO - The families of two men brutally murdered by police officers here last week are demanding Z$500 million from the law enforcement agency as compensation for the loss of their relatives.
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Jubane, 25 and Prince Ndebele, 17 were beaten to death by at least two police officers after one of them had remarked that it were better President Robert Mugabe had died instead of former information minister Tichaona Jokonya.
The deceased men’s families also want police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena to retract claims he made last week that sought to portray the death of the men as having been accidental after they were assaulted by police constables who were investigating the theft of a water pump.
“We were upset by the police’s behaviour. First they murder our sons and then they lie to the nation that they were theft suspects,” a relative of the deceased men, who did not want to be named said. Senior Assistant Commissioner Lee Muchemwa in charge of police in Bulawayo is said to have agreed to pay the money demanded by the deceased men’s families, while Bvudzijena said the police officers accused of murdering the men would appear in court. – ZimOnline

Zanu (PF) business empire under spotlight
HARARE – Local press reports that the politburo has revived investigations into the operations of the ruling party’s business empire – formerly presided over by Emmerson Mnangagwa – have been denied by the party’s information chief, Nathan Shamuyarira.
Insiders were quoted as saying the investigations signalled renewed attempts to frustrate Mnangagwa ahead of President Robert Mugabe’s retirement.
“Some of the questions on the operations of Catercraft, First Banking Corporation, Zidlee Enterprises, Zidco Holdings and other companies were asked by Mugabe himself. In fact, other members of the Politburo were afraid to ask questions on how the business empire was run because they feared Mnangagwa,” a politburo member is quoted as saying.
Probes into Mnangagwa’s financial past were reportedly resuscitated by the Mujuru camp, allegedly to “finish him off”. Mnangagwa, who is the Minister for Rural Housing, has apparently been consolidating his position in the rural areas, long considered Zanu (PF)’s stronghold.- Staff reporter

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