HEADLINES


CHAMISA PLOTS SHOWDOWN WITH POLICE
OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday declared war against the police, warning that his party was now itching to fight back and even defy their prohibition orders which he said were unjust, partisan and unreasonable.
This came after police on the 11th hour on Tuesday barred his public address titled Agenda 2020, which was supposed to be delivered in Mbare yesterday.

Govt dismisses Mphoko’s benefits claim
GOVERNMENT is disputing former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s claim of more than US$300 000 in benefits and monthly pension pay-outs, saying there is no explanation as to how he arrived at that figure.

The moment is ripe for Zimbabwe to deal with the elements of terrorism
Zimbabwe is the most peaceful and stable country in southern Africa. Over the past few months the wave of terrorism just emerged in Zimbabwe. Terrorist gang running under moniker name “Mashurungwi” started to cause untold suffering, killing, raping and other forms of abuse. The way in which the group victimizes people qualifies it to be regarded as a terrorist group.

MARRY DEMANDS US$40 000 FROM CHIWENGA
Marry Mubaiwa, the estranged wife of Acting President Constantino Chiwenga, has demanded US$40 000 for her upkeep, as well as annual international and regional holidays with spending money.

SANCTIONS TO REMAIN UNTIL REFORMS ARE IMPLEMENTED-US
THE restrictive measures imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States will remain in place until President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration implemented the necessary political and economic reforms key to restoring the troubled country’s democracy and prosperity, the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe said Wednesday.

ENTERTAINMENT

Star FM music awards deadline extended
The deadline for this year’s Star FM Music Awards entries has been extended to this Sunday to allow more artists to submit their music.

Initially, the deadline was set for Tuesday, January 12.

Cal Vin fed up! blasts Skyz Metro FM again
That Luveve Boy, rapper Cal Vin is a disgruntled man as he feels music promoters and radio stations who must support and promote artistes in Bulawayo are in fact belittling them.

With a tone that sounded very disheartened, Cal Vin opened up and raised his concerns in a new catchy freestyle dubbed I’m So Bulawayo which was released on YouTube earlier this week.

Tebza to feature on new local sitcom
MUSICIANS Tebza and Paulla Paloma are part of a new 13-episode situation comedy (sitcom), Indlalifa (The heir) that is set to premiere on ZBCtv on Saturday.

The sitcom produced by AJV Afri – Art in association with Qaya Roots pictures is about siblings who lose their rich father. After his death they have to move into the family’s main house since their father’s will requires them to do so in order to access all their possessions. All the drama begins when they discover that their father had another firstborn who surfaces and starts to claim his position.

Bounty Lisa Misses Doctors Appointment
Ailing Zim dancehall artiste, Bounty Lisa, yesterday “snubbed” a local doctor’s appointment after a Good Samaritan had offered to foot part of her medical bills.

SPORTS
Rhinos want closure on match-fixing allegations
BLACK Rhinos say their efforts to find closure on their controversial defeat to Herentals last year, when allegations of match manipulation were raised, are being frustrated by the Premier Soccer League’s delays in releasing the verdict of the hearing.

Zim U-19 team in injury setback
ZIMBABWE’S preparations for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa suffered a setback after the team’s technical department was forced to make a last-minute change by drafting in United Kingdom-based Sakhumuzi Ndlela into the side following the injury to Brandon James.

Bosso get down to 2020 business . . . Players undergo medical tests
HIGHLANDERS get their 2020 season underway this morning with players undergoing electrocardiogram (ECG) and beep tests that will help the physical trainers determine the amount of load each player will require to effectively compete.

Ref bosses appointed Caf commissioners
ZIFA executive committee member and Zifa Referees Committee (ZRC) chairman Bryton Malandule and referees committee member Brighton Mudzamiri have been appointed Caf commissioners for the next two years.

Malandule and Mudzamiri, who are former Zifa and Fifa panel referees, will be replacing the duo of distinguished former referees Gladmore Muzambi and Wilfred Mukuna.

New coordinator for Nash
MANDAVA High School headmaster Cephas Mutumhe has been appointed acting national coordinator of the National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) athletics competitions following the resignation of the head-in-charge Thabani Nkomo.

BUSINESS*

Inflation slows down
Zimbabwe’s month on month inflation dropped to 16,55 percent in December after shedding 0,91 percentage points from the previous month, according to data from the Zimbabwe National Statistical Office released yesterday.

JSE advances despite weak confidence data
The JSE advanced on Tuesday primarily on the back of gains in the financials and industrials indices.

On the global markets, attention shifted to major US banks, which released their earnings results for the 4th quarter of 2019.

Mthuli promises Airzim wings
ZIMBABWE’S flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe (Airzim), will be in the skies before end of year in a measure targeted at boosting the country’s tourism, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has said.

The struggling airline – which completed adjudication of bids submitted by three investors that have expressed interest in acquiring its shares last month – was placed under administration in October last year in an effort to revive its fortunes.

Storms to interrupt power supply’
ZESA Holdings says violent storms that have been predicted by the Meteorological Services Department will worsen the power supply situation in the country as electricity infrastructure would be destroyed.

INTERNATIONAL*

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT:HOUSE SENDS HISTORIC CASE TO SENATE
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the lawmakers who will prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

SYRIA WAR: AIR STRIKES KILL 18 IN IDLIB CITY DESPITE TRUCE
At least 18 civilians are reported to have died in air strikes that hit a market and an industrial zone in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib.
A monitoring group said Russian and Syrian government planes carried out the attacks.

PRINCE HARRY ON FIRST ROYAL DUTY SINCE TALKS WITH QUEEN
The Duke of Sussex is to carry out his first public engagement since he and the Duchess of Sussex announced they want to step back as full-time royals.