HEADLINES

Poor debates by MPs, Councillors rile Chamisa
OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, unhappy with the quality of debate in Parliament and the level of leadership in the country, has called on the electorate to use the 2023 elections to elect competent representatives who will effectively articulate their aspirations.

POLAD demand say in ED “running mate” amendment
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Political Leaders and Actors Dialogue (POLAD) partners have told the Zanu PF leader to bring for scrutiny, the new constitutional amendment Bill seeking to scrap the controversial presidential running mate clause.
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) leader Lovemore Madhuku told NewZimbabwe.com opposition parties making up the forum had agreed to have the provisions discussed among them first before being taken to parliament.

Union plot mega shutdown
ZIMBABWE is on the verge of a complete shutdown as private and public sector workers as well as college students plan to take to the streets.Teachers, lecturers and students are planning to coalesce with the rest of the civil service for a strike that could cripple essential services and the start of the school calendar tomorrow.

Minister slams roller meal subsidy abuse
Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has slammed people abusing the subsidised mealie-meal facility by hoarding and re-selling it for a profit.The Government is subsidising mealie-meal to ensure it remains affordable to the majority of Zimbabweans.

2020 Legal Year Opens, focus on graft fight
The 2020 Legal Year opens today, with Chief Justice Luke Malaba expected to deliver a keynote address at the Constitutional Court (Concourt) in Harare. The fight against corruption is expected to be a major part of the court system’s agenda this year.

Drugs for hospitals continue to arrive
Medicines and medical sundries procured under a US$20 million facility provided by the Government recently have started arriving in the country and will shortly be distributed to Government hospitals.The first consignment under this facility, worth US$2,5 million, arrived in the country on Thursday and Saturday.A second US$20 million facility of more medicines and equipment is being finalised to ensure supplies keep arriving after the delivery of the full US$20 million first batch.

ENTERTAINMENT
Mambazo mark 60-year milestone
Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrated their 60-year anniversary by launching three new young isicathamiya groups they discovered during their programme called Ladysmith Black Mambazo Mobile Academy started last year.

Ngaibake remixed to amapiano version
The hit song by Freeman and Alick Macheso, Ngaibake has been remixed with an Amapiano touch by local wheel spinner Ryan Synth and producer Murphy Cubic.
ENZO ISHALL TO QUIT CHILLSPOT RECORDS
The social media rumor mill over the weekend was abuzz with news that dancehall chanter Enzo Ishall will be leaving Chillspot Records label.

Kanye’s Gospel Albums tops billboard Chart
Kanye West’s second faith-based project, Jesus Is Born, credited to Sunday Service Choir, the collective fuelling his Sunday Service live events, bullets at No. 2 for a second frame on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated January 11), following its first full week of tracking.

PRINCE HARRY ASKS DISNEY BOSS TO GIVE MEGHAN MARKLE A JOB AMID ROYAL SCANDAL
Embarrassing footage of Prince Harry asking a Disney exec for a job for Meghan Markle has come to light just days after the couple’s bombshell announcement they would be ditching their roles as senior royals.

BLACK COFFEE WANTS TO HOOK UP A COLLAB BETWEEN SHAVE AND THIS GIFTED MALUME
Black Coffee is ready to make another massive hit for the culture in 2020 after spotting a man on social media he believes should collab with Sjava.

A video of the man singing has been widely shared on social media, with many praising his voice.

Black Coffee saw the video and believed the man was talented enough to record a full track, and he wants Sjava to help.

WINKY D‘s BEING ACCUSED OF STEALING A BEAT HEAT HE USED FOR CHANDELIER
Winky D being accused of stealing a beat he used for Chandelier: Pics. The Gaffer is facing allegations that he stole a beat which he used for his hit song Chandelier which is on his latest album Njema which is riding high at the moment. Winky D‘s music producer Lyaan Souljah is the one being blamed for the beat.

SPORT
ZIM TEEN RUSHESHA SIGNS PRO DEAL WITH SWANSEA
ZIMBABWEAN teenage football ace, Tivonge Rushesha has made a big step in his fledgling football career after signing his first professional contract with English Championship side Swansea City on Saturday.

Bulawayo dominate male races at National Swimming champs
HARARE were crowned champions of the four-day 2020 Senior National Swimming Championships that ended at Bulawayo City Pool yesterday.

The swimming gala started on Wednesday, with Harare, Matabeleland, Mashonaland Country Districts, Manicaland and Crocs taking part.

Nkiwane, Nyathi come tops in Bulawayo Cross Country championships
XOLANI Nkiwane and Faith Nyathi won the Bulawayo Athletics Association (Bab) senior men’s and women’s Cross-Country Championship races held at Mpopoma Park this at the weekend.

Domestic first-class tournament stalls
ZIMBABWE’S players have not been provided with any reason for the two Logan Cup matches that were supposed to begin last Thursday not getting underway as scheduled.

A TALE OF TWO ZIM INTERNATIONAL STRIKERS
UNWANTED Warriors skipper Knowledge Musona and fellow Zimbabwe international football striker Tino Kadewere are set to learn their fate this week in a tale of contrasting fortunes currently playing in Europe.

INTERNATIONAL
PROTESTS ERUPT IN IRAN AFTER GOVT ADMITS FORCES DOWNED JET CARRYING 176 PASSENGERS
Iran’s leaders are facing growing calls to dismiss senior officials after a Ukrainian passenger plane was shot down killing all 176 people on board.

IRAQ WARNS OF COLLAPSE IF TRUMP BLOCKS OIL CASH
Iraqi officials fear economic “collapse” if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90 percent of the national budget

Thousands of protesters demanded accountability on Saturday after the military said it had mistakenly downed the jet, having earlier denied it.

THE ROYAL COUPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THE EXIT
There is no application form for the Royal Family. No interview, no appeal, few in the way of entrances or exits. It is that strange lottery, an accident of birth.

But to stay royal you have to do two things. Serve, and survive.

RELIGION
GUY CAPTURED WATCHING A TWERKING VIDEO DURING CHURCH SERMON
The church is a place people go to worship God and receive some blessings. However, some other people would allow themselves to get distracted.

MUSLIM SUSPEND IMAM WHO WEDDED FELLOW MAN
Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, the Imam of Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque in Kayunga District, has been suspended from his clerical work after unknowingly wedding a fellow man in Islamic culture (Nikah).

Business news

Zim submits 6 projects for China’s consideration
Zimbabwe has submitted six new projects for consideration by China to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries.The projects were submitted through a ministerial team chaired by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo, which was mandated by President Mnangagwa to find ways of mainstreaming the country’s economic cooperation with China.

ZINARA struggles to repay DBSA debt
The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) is struggling to repay the loan acquired from the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) to upgrade the Plumtree-Bulawayo-Mutare Highway due to prevailing foreign currency shortages.This has resulted in a series of defaults, which will see the country paying much more.