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HEADLINES
FORMATION OF NEW POLITICAL PARTY
Zimbabwe is to see the formation of yet another political party. The country’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Walter Mzembi has been appointed interim leader of the People’s Party.
Dr. Mzembi and a number of the former Mugabe allies are now living outside Zimbabwe, having fled the country following the removal of late President Robert Mugabe from power in 2017.

Courts tighten noose on machete gangs

Chief Justice Luke Malaba has announced the setting up of special courts to deal with the marauding machete gangs wreaking havoc in most parts of the country, warning that the courts would not have mercy on those who terrorise communities.

Police recover US$18 000 worth of solar batteries

Police in Mashonaland Central have recovered 37 stolen solar batteries used to power mobile telecoms boosters. Five suspects were arrested in connection with the robberies. The 37 solar batteries valued at $US 18 000 were recovered on the 10th of January following the arrest of five suspects.

YELLOW VEST PLOTS SHUTDOWN OVER CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT
A NEW local pressure group, Yellow Vest Movement plans to hold a demonstration Wednesday against the recent moves by government to amend the 2013 national Constitution.

Charles Mutama, Coordinator of the movement told NewZimbabwe.com Monday they will disobey the police if they blocked the protests.

GVT AWARDS CIVIL SERVANTS US$16 CUSHIONING ALLOWANCES
THE government has awarded all civil servants between $400 and $800 in terms of cushioning allowances for January, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement Monday.

The amount translates to between US$16 to US$32 using prevailing parallel market rates.

MUGOMBEI RESIGNS
Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZHDA) President Peter Magombeyi has resigned. His resignation letter was put into public and Zimbabweans reacted differently to the news.

Magombeyi wrote his resignation letter indicating that the 24th of January 2020 will mark his last day in office.

ENTERTAINMENT
WINKY D SHINES BRIGHT IN AFRICA
Dancehall superstar Wallace “Winky D” Chirumiko is penetrating the global market as his music continuously gets recognition in Africa.
Since the release of his MuGarden video, which features Gemma Griffith, Winky D’s music has received notable appreciation from television and radio shows across Africa Recently, MuGarden was introduced as song of the week on Music Time In Africa (MTIA TV) — an online television which has more than a million followers across the world.

SOCIAL MEDIA REACTS TO CHATUNGA MUGABE AND EX-FLAME MIMI CHARASA’S DIRTY LAUNDRY BUST-UP
Social media reacts to Chatunga Mugabe and ex-flame Mimi Charasa’s dirty laundry bust-up. There is fire in the streets of IG aka Instagram as one of the Mugabe boys is trending. Chatunga was yesterday involved in a serious bust-up with ex-girlfriend Mimi Charasa.

Nengomasha Challenges Divorce Summons filed by Mtukudzi’s Daughter
Former Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs forward Tinashe Negomasha has challenged divorce summons filed last year by his estranged wife, Samantha Mtukudzi-daughter of the late music veteran and national hero Oliver Mtukudzi.

Pearl Thusi has hit back at Ntsiki Mazwai
Ntsiki Mazwai is used to speaking her mind on social media, even if it means offending people along the way. Some celebs have resorted to ignoring or blocking her, while others respond with subtle shade.

This time, however, Ntsiki might have struck a nerve during her weave debate on Twitter when she mentioned Pearl Thusi. The poetess made some offensive comments about Pearl’s ethnicity and Mama Panther was not prepared to take it lying down.

SPORTS
CONFUSION OVER MURWIRA FUTURE
THERE seems to be confusion of Godknows Murwira’s future with Dynamos claiming the player’s load move from FC Platinum will lapse at the end of this year.

On the other hand, FC Platinum’s position that the deal was only for six months and that it ended at the end of last year.

BIG WEEK FOR DEMBARE
Harare football giants Dynamos are set to go a gear up in the off-season player transfer market as they seek to conclude their transfer business this week, ahead of the start of their preseason training next week.

ALL BLACK AND CHIEF SPONSOR AIG TO PART WAYS
The US insurance giant AIG have undertaken to end their sponsorship of the All Blacks rugby team following their disappointing performance at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

TRIANGLE UNITED CONFIRM THREE NEW SIGNINGS
Triangle United have confirmed the signing of three players.

The Sugar Boys have captured veteran striker Ralph Matema who finished the 2019 season with nine goals. The forward comes on board after leaving Yadah FC.

INTERNATIONAL
CHINA ADDS VOICE TO CALLS FOR LIFTING SANCTIONS ON ZIMBABWE
China fully supports the just call by Zimbabwe and other African countries to lift sanctions against the country as soon as possible, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday, pledging to strengthen cooperation with the African country.

HARRY AND MEGAN:BORIS JOHNSON CONFIDENT OVER FUTURE ROLE
The Queen has agreed a “period of transition” in which Prince Harry and Meghan will be in Canada and the UK.

She said she was “entirely supportive” of their desire for a new role but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals.

IRANIAN MILITARY COMMANDER SAYS THE COUNTRY’S AIRSPACE IS NOW SAFER THAN BEFORE
The Iranian military commander has said on Tuesday that the country airspace is now safer to airlines ever than before.

The military commander made this statement after the Iran’s top leaders have met with other diplomats to discuss the possible solution to end conflict between Iran and America.

RELIGION
POPULAR VANGELIST MAPURANGA UNPACKED
He rose from the world of womanising, drinking beer to being a renowned evangelist. His word pierces to the bone. He dumped his professional soccer playing career with division team Jumbo Stars for the Holy Book. Now the 42-year-old Street preacher Evangelist Trymore Muparinga (EM) has risen to prominence and H-Metro’s LATWELL NYANGU (LN), caught up with him to trace his journey to date.

BUSINESS
ZSE begins year on high note
The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) sustained gains for the second consecutive week this year as big cap counters were the major drivers of both value and volume.

Fintech Group, Cassava, drove aggregates contributing 39 percent of total volumes exchanged during the week under review and accounted for 38 percent of total value.

Muzarabani oil project gets boost
The Muzarabani oil and gas project has received significant impetus for hurdle free and expedited implementation after the strategic energy project was classified as a priority development initiative by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

Will SA capitalise on emerging market opportunities?
Thirteen days into 2020 and the economic mood is sombre.

Perusing a list of things that have already affected the global economy this year, two stand out: the tension between the US and Iran and the raging fires in Australia.

A ZESA Holdings circular revealing that the organisation approved allowances for its employees has been circulated on social media.

APPROVED “HARDSHIP ALLOWANCE” FOR ZESA EMPLOYEES GRADE A1-D2
The development comes when the power utility has been failing to provide enough power to the country and also owes lots of money to a number of foreign and local creditors.

OLD MUTUAL WINS APPEAL AGAINST ORDER REINSTATING AXED CEO PETER MOYO
Old Mutual has won its appeal against an earlier order reinstating its former CEO Peter Moyo.

The ruling was handed down by the Johannesburg High court on Tuesday morning.