HEADLINES

MASHURUGWI RAID GOLD MINE
TWO men who were part of a 15 men gang armed with machetes, axes and logs have been arrested for allegedly raiding and stealing gold ore at a mine in Colleen Bawn.

RESIDENTS SPEND THE NIGHT ON THEIR FEET AS RAINS FLOOD HOMES
People in Midlands‘ Vungu district which also covers Gweru‘s Woodlands Park were seen yesterday removing property and food from flooded homes as it reportedly rained heavily and damaged roads and flooded homes this past weekend.

MDC TOP OFFICIALS LOSE RELATIVES TO MASHURUGWI
One of the MDC Vice Presidents and the party’s Vice Chairman both in separate incidents this past week lost close relatives who were murdered by terror machete-wielding gangs, Newsday reports.

Submit all 3 passports, Mubaiwa told
The State wants Marry Mubaiwa, the estranged wife of Acting President Constantino Chiwenga, to surrender into court custody as part of her bail conditions all three valid Zimbabwean passports reportedly issued to her and to live at a different address from the matrimonial Borrowdale home she shared with her husband.

WAR VETERANS SCEPTICAL ABOUT BEING PART OF ZANU PF
Some members of the ZNLWVA are reportedly scared stiff of joining the ruling ZANU PF as a wing arguing that the development would take away their independence.

BUSINESS

Hwange Thermal Power Station back on grid after floods
Heavy rains that hit Hwange at the weekend knocked out Hwange Thermal Power Station when the coal got wet, but two 120 megawatt units were back up yesterday with a third expected to be on the grid by last night, giving 360MW.

Hwange emerged as the worst affected by the weekend storms, with blocked drains causing flash floods Gweru and Chegutu town as well as flooding in Silobela and Gokwe.

Zim/Zambia moot joint industrialisation programme
ZIMBABWE and Zambia are planning a joint industrialisation programme building on the experiences and lessons from the existing collaborative ventures.

The planned joint industrialisation programme by the two neighbouring countries will be anchored on the support from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

Outcry over Matobo RDC tariffs increase
MATOBO Rural District Council in Matabeleland South province is at loggerheads with businesspeople operating at different business centres in the district after the local authority increased tariffs for this year by more than 1 500 percent.

The tariffs increased to $5 600 from $300 last year.

Delegation off to Spain tourism fair
A HIGH-POWERED delegation led by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Munesu Munodawafa yesterday left the country for the Spanish International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.

EcoCash leaves consumers stranded
EcoCash services remained intermittent or non-available yesterday, causing major business losses and much hardship since the platform handles 85 percent of Zimbabwe’s transactions and 99 percent of mobile money transfers.

ENTERTAINMENT

Tshibilika artistes lock horns for Zima award
IT is a battle of the best in the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) Tshibilika category which will see judges choose the winner from a stiff nominee list which has Clement Magwaza, Madlela Skhobokhobo, Ndux Jnr and Bolamba Culture Birds.

Hifa 2020 hangs in the balance
It appears the creative sector continues to suffer death by a thousand cuts as this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival (Hifa) of the Arts hangs in the balance due to financial constraints.

Fake tickets spook Maphorisa, Kabza De Small promoter
Patrice Manyathela, organiser of the Amapiano Kings – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small’s upcoming event in Bulawayo says he will not hesitate causing the arrest of those who will attempt using fake tickets to gain entry into the show.

ENZO ISHALL GETS NEW MANAGER AFTER PASSION JAVA DRAMA
Zim Dancehall Chanter Enzo Ishall has secured himself a new manager following the nasty fallout with Passion Java and Chillspot Records. The ‘kanjiva’ Hitmaker took to Instagram today posing for photos with his yet to be identified manager.

SPORTS
*2022 WC DRAW:
WARRIORS BRACE FOR TOUGH OPPONENTS
Warriors brace for tough opponents. ZIMBABWE will have to hold their breath ahead of the draw for the FIFA 2022 World Cup set to be conducted tonight at the CAF headquarters in Egypt after the Warriors were placed in Pot 3, which puts them on a collision course with some of the continent’s football heavyweights.

ZIM IN MUST-WIN AGAINST PAKISTAN
THE Zimbabwe Under-19 Cricket team today have no other options except to win their game against Pakistan if they are hoping to keep alive their dream of reaching the Super League stage at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup currently underway in South Africa.

ZIMBABWE DEFIANT IN SPITE OF EMBULDINYA FIVE-FOR
Lasith Embuldiniya got his second five-wicket haul in test cricket for Sri Lanka but a defiant Zimbabwe was still able to chalk up 358 runs in their first innings at Harare Sports Club.

Foreign coach for Warriors?
ZIFA are likely to go for a foreign coach for the Warriors coaching job with revelations that the association are looking for a cost-effective option.

There was little interest from local coaches for the Warriors job but the national team dressing room is likely to have a local coach influence amid revelations that Zifa is likely to pick two local assistant coaches.

INTERNATIONAL

US STARTS NEW HIV DRUG SUPPLY TO ZIMBABWE
The United States has started to supply Zimbabwe with the new HIV drug that was approved in 2013.

The US has supplied 2,1 million bottles of Dolutegravir (DTG), which is a new antiretroviral drug with better results in viral suppression and has fewer side effects.