Top news items in major Zimbabwean media outlets

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HARARE, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the news highlights in Zimbabwe's major media outlets on Friday:

-- Zimbabwe is on course to clear obligations to international financial institutions (IFIs), with the government already in talks with creditors over bridging finance to settle the debts, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has said.

Ncube said this Thursday in an interview on the sidelines of his presentation to students of the National Defense Course, Intake 7 of 2018, at the Zimbabwe National Defense University in Mazowe.

He said the arrears clearance plan was tied to economic reforms, which are anchoring President Mnangagwa's administration as he seeks to lead Zimbabwe towards attaining Upper Middle Income status by 2030. (The Herald)

-- President Mnangagwa on Thursday reiterated that his door was open for dialogue to move the country forward and benefit Zimbabweans, in line with his approach for a broad-based and inclusive national interface that he first enunciated in November 2017.

The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces said this in a speech read on his behalf by ZANU-PF chairwoman Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also Defense and War Veterans Affairs Minister, during a national leadership breakfast prayer meeting in Harare Thursday.

The meeting, convened by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), brought together national political leaders, diplomats and other stakeholders. (The Herald)

-- Deputy Defense minister Victor Matemadanda on Thursday said no armoury was broken into during the recent violent protests, contradicting Zimbabwe Defense Forces Chief of Staff Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba, who claimed that thugs had stolen uniforms and arms.

Nyikayaramba's statement on Wednesday follows reports of rampant abuse of civilians by armed soldiers, including rape, torture and the killing of at least 16 people during the Jan. 14 to 16 demonstrations against the high cost of living in the country. (Newsday) Enditem

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