Top stories in major Zimbabwean media outlets

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HARARE, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the news highlights in Zimbabwe's major media outlets on Wednesday.

-- In a first for public administration in the country, Cabinet has approved values and principles of a framework that will see public servants declare assets to ensure accountability.

Additionally, a code of conduct will be adopted in the civil service, while Government workers will have to observe political neutrality in terms of the Constitution. (The Herald)

-- Cabinet on Tuesday resolved to launch a formal appeal for domestic and international assistance on the Cyclone Idai disaster whose death toll now stands at 268 people.

The appeal is for assistance in ongoing rescue and search efforts as well as restoration of basic infrastructure and social services in Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East provinces.(The Herald)

-- The Zimbabwe government has started to change laws that govern civil servants, including clipping their political wings so that they may be apolitical as required by the Constitution.

Briefing journalists at a post-Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said her Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare counterpart Sekai Nzenza had tabled a proposal to amend the current Public Services Act and align it with the Constitution.(Newsday)

-- The Zimbabwe Regulatory Authority (Zera) has hiked fuel prices with effect from Monday next week amid a serious shortage of both petrol and diesel, leaving motorists stranded at empty pumps.

In a statement Tuesday, Zera said the petrol pump price will increase marginally to 3.41 RTGS dollars per liter starting Monday due to a slight increase in the free on board (FOB) price. The increase in the FOB price for petrol will be to 0.5632 cents from this week's 0.5493 cents.(Newsday) Enditem

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