The following are the news highlights in Zimbabwe’s major news outlets on Monday.

— The death toll from Cyclone Idai-induced floods has risen to 70 with 65 deaths having been confirmed in Manicaland, four in Masvingo and one in Mashonaland East.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo confirmed the death of the 65 people in Manicaland in an interview with The Herald during a tour of the affected area in the province on Sunday.

The deaths in Masvingo and Mashonaland East Provinces were confirmed by Bikita District Administrator and chairman of the district’s Civil Protection Unit, Bernard Hadzirabwi, and Mashonaland East Acting Provincial Administrator Clemence Malawi respectively. (The Herald)

— President Mnangagwa returns home on Monday, cutting short his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to make sure he is directly involved with the national response to victims of Cyclone Idai disaster that has struck the country mainly in Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Masvingo.

President Mnangagwa’s visit was at the invitation of UAE Crown Prince and part of his vigorous re-engagement agenda aimed at establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relations with other countries. (The Herald)

— Oil Expressers Association of Zimbabwe (OEAZ) says the country’s soybean production needs urgent support so as increase output and cut reliance on imports.

Zimbabwe requires at least 400,000 metric tonnes of soybean annually, but the country produces a paltry 60,000 metric tonnes. (Newsday)

— Opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has dismissed warnings that the party’s May elective congress was divisive that it could lead to another split.

Chamisa, who cancelled a rally scheduled for Bulawayo at the weekend, heads to Masvingo today where he is expected to drum up support ahead of the crunch congress.

“There is jostling for posts within the party ahead of congress. This is not a sign of weakness. Jostling leads to strength, more strength; (that) depends on how you manage the processes. As far as we are concerned, we are developing our movement,” Chamisa said. (Newsday) Enditem


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