Top news items in major Zimbabwean media outlets

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HARARE, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are news highlights in Zimbabwe's major media outlets on Friday.

-- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday commissioned a Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) crushing plant, marking the country's transition from alluvial to conglomerate diamond mining and warned of swift punishment for corruption in the sector.

The plant and equipment were procured from Belarus following initiatives by Mnangagwa when he visited that country in 2015 as vice president. (The Herald)

-- Zimbabwe has a bright future as the government has set in motion an array of policy initiatives to spur development in communities as part of its drive to create a middle-income economy by 2030, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

He said this on Thursday while officiating at a cattle-breeding program and the opening of a science and computer laboratory at Gandauta Secondary School in Chiadzwa, Manicaland Province. (The Herald)

-- Members of Parliament on Thursday arm-twisted Zimbabwean finance minister Mthuli Ncube into raising their budgetary allocation by 44 percent and demanded latest luxury vehicles, among other perks, despite government austerity measures.

Parliament bid for 163 million U.S. dollars in the 2019 budget, but was allocated 101 million dollars. MPs from across the political divide threatened that they would not pass Ncube's 2019 National Budget unless they got things their way. (NewsDay)

-- The Zimbabwean government has given schools the green-light to increase 2019 tuition fees and levies, but only after seeking approval from the Primary and Secondary Education Ministry.

In a circular to principal directors, head of office directors, provincial education directors, primary and secondary school heads, teacher associations and trust schools, Primary and Secondary Education Ministry Secretary Tumisang Thabela on Thursday told schools to submit applications if they want to increase fees. (NewsDay) Enditem

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