Top new items in major Zimbabwean media outlets

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HARARE, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The following are the news highlights in Zimbabwe's major media outlets on Thursday.

-- President Mnangagwa has established a 26-member Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) to advise and assist him in formulating key economic policies and strategies that advance Vision 2030.

Vision 2030 entails making Zimbabwe an upper middle-income country with gross national income (GNI) per capita of between 3,896 U.S. dollars and 12,055 U.S. dollars, according to the World Bank's technical calculations, implying high standards of living for citizens. (The Herald)

-- South Africa on Wednesday distanced itself from threats by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane to compile a human rights abuse dossier against President Mnangagwa's administration following MDC-Alliance-instigated violent demonstrations that saw lives lost and property worth millions of dollars destroyed.

The DA, a white-dominated South African opposition party, is a long-time opponent of Zimbabwe. (The Herald)

-- Internal Zimbabwe Republic Police documents passed to a United Kingdom-based newspaper suggest that the army is responsible for the murders, rape and armed robberies in the on-going brutal crackdown on civilians.

At least 12 people were reportedly killed when security forces opened fire on civilians during a three-day shutdown called by workers' unions following fuel price hikes earlier this month. One police officer is believed to have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise. (NewsDay)

-- Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Wednesday claimed that the youths, who barricaded roads during the recent job stayaway, were responsible for beating up people in communities.

This was after MDC Alliance legislators quizzed him in the National Assembly on why government turned a blind eye on the heinous acts of brutality perpetrated by soldiers in Harare, Bulawayo and other parts of the country. (NewsDay) Enditem

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