Chron­i­cle read­er­ship in­creases 2 shoe ‘thiev­ing’ cops re­manded in cus­tody

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

TWO po­lice­man al­legedly stole two pairs of shoes worth $40 which they had re­cov­ered as stolen prop­erty.

Lo­gis­tics Muzvuve and Brighton Zimiso Sibanda who are both con­sta­bles based at ZRP Gweru Cen­tral yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Pro­vin­cial Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa fac­ing one count each of theft of trust prop­erty.

They were not asked to plead and were re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 15.

Mrs Msipa ad­vised the pair to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo told the court that on July 21 Ken­neth Keche stole 35 pairs of shoes from a flea mar­ket in the city.

He gave two pairs of the shoes to Lameck Top­eresu for safe-keep­ing.

Keche was sen­tenced to six months in pri­son on July 27 of which two months were sus­pended on con­di­tion he resti­tutes the com­plainant of $500.

He is now a State wit­ness against Muzvuve and Sibanda.

Mr Ma­rimo said Muzvuve and Sibanda ap­proached Top­eresu de­mand­ing that he hands over the shoes he had re­ceived from Keche.

“It is al­leged that Top­eresu was or­dered by the ac­cused per­sons to ac­com­pany them to Gweru Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion for re­ceiv­ing stolen goods. How­ever, along the way, Cst Muzvuve gave him his cell­phone num­ber and told him to go back and use the num­ber in case he came across Keche,” he said.

The court heard the cops took the two pairs of shoes and did not hand them over when they ar­rived at the po­lice sta­tion.

Mr Ma­rimo said Top­eresu was later ap­pre­hended by an­other po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter Keche’s ar­rest. — @ wyn­nezane CHRON­I­CLE’S lo­cal news sec­tion recorded a 14 per­cent in­crease in read­er­ship while the daily’s sports, busi­ness and re­gional beats con­tin­ued to en­gross read­ers in the coun­try.

Zim­babwe All Me­dia Prod­ucts Sur­vey (ZAMPS) re­vealed that be­tween Oc­to­ber 2015 and last month, Zim­pa­pers pub­li­ca­tions main­tained their mar­ket dom­i­nance with The Her­ald lead­ing the daily pa­pers, The Sun­day Mail main­tain­ing its first po­si­tion in weekly pub­li­ca­tions while Star FM drew the most lis­ten­ers.

Chron­i­cle’s lo­cal news sec­tion read­er­ship rose from 49 per­cent in 2015 to 63 per­cent this year. The sec­tion is the main­stay of the south­ern re­gion’s most read daily news­pa­per. It has fac­tual cov­er­age of day to day events that read­ers iden­tify with.

The pa­per’s sport sec­tion, of­ten the first with ac­cu­rate break­ing news, con­tin­ues to draw read­ers to the pub­li­ca­tion.

Zim­pa­pers’ new free pub­li­ca­tion Sub­ur­ban, in­tro­duced barely a year ago, proved the win­ner grow­ing its read­er­ship from 10 to 66 per­cent in the pe­riod un­der re­view.

Lo­cal news proved the most pop­u­lar with read­ers in the daily and weekly news­pa­per sec­tions fol­lowed by en­ter­tain­ment and busi­ness news. On­line read­er­ship trends con­tin­ued to be lower com­pared to print read­er­ship for all the news­pa­pers.

In broad­cast­ing, Zim­pa­pers’ ra­dio sta­tion Star FM con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance as the lead­ing ra­dio sta­tion, main­tain­ing a lead in lis­ten­er­ship. Im­por­tant to note how­ever with Star FM is the growth in lis­ten­er­ship from 38 per­cent last year to 50 per­cent this year. Star FM was fol­lowed by Ra­dio Zim­babwe which re­mained at 27 per­cent, same as last year; while Power FM went down to 26 per­cent from 28 per­cent in terms of lis­ten­er­ship while ZiFM at­tained 26 per­cent lis­ten­er­ship in 2016 up from 24 per­cent last year.

Zim­pa­pers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Piki­rayi Deketeke hailed the pub­li­ca­tions for re­main­ing com­pet­i­tive, say­ing in­te­gra­tion had po­si­tioned Zim­pa­pers to carve a niche as a mar­ket leader in the me­dia busi­ness.

“This shows our mar­ket dom­i­nance as a me­dia group. We re­main a cred­i­ble, tried and tested brand. We are known as a con­tent fac­tory that dis­trib­utes con­tent through mul­ti­ple plat­forms. Most of our prod­ucts have done well and are grow­ing in terms of ap­peal to au­di­ences. How­ever, this does not mean we can af­ford to re­lax,” said Mr Deketeke.

He en­cour­aged some of the Zim­pa­pers pub­li­ca­tions that have lost clients need to rein­vent them­selves to re­claim their po­si­tions.

“We es­pe­cially note those of our prod­ucts whose read­er­ship seems to be fall­ing. There is need to ex­am­ine the is­sues and work on them so that we can im­prove the num­bers,” he said.

Mr Deketeke said in­no­va­tion is needed in the group if the me­dia house is to stand the test of the times.

He hailed the in­tro­duc­tion of the Sub­ur­ban, a free news­pa­per dis­trib­uted in some of Harare’s north­ern sub­urbs, say­ing they at­tracted in­ter­est in a short space of time.

A to­tal of 500 peo­ple were sur­veyed in Bu­l­awayo and Harare to com­pile the sta­tis­tics. — @nqot­shili

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