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

— President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday wished the nation a merry Christmas as he urged Zimbabweans to work together to create a prosperous Zimbabwe desired by all.

He described 2018 as a historic year which marked the start of a process of renewal and recovery.

In his Christmas message to the nation, Mnangagwa said the road to recovery would be bumpy in some cases, but urged people to be patient. (The Herald)

— The Zimbabwe government will cancel route permits for transport operators whose drivers are routinely caught flouting road traffic laws and has deployed police and Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officers to ensure compliance, Transport Minister Joel Biggie Matiza has said.

Matiza said police would be out in full force to rid the roads of defective vehicles and warned against drunk driving and overloading of buses, all of them major causes of traffic accidents on the nation’s highways.

“I would like to appeal to operators of public service vehicles as well as private motorists not to use defective and unroadworthy vehicles,” said Matiza. (The Herald)

— Striking junior doctors and radiographers face disciplinary action after they ignored a court ruling that their job action was unlawful and gave them a 12-hour ultimatum to report for duty, the Health Services Board (HSB) said Sunday.

However, the doctors have accused the HSB of acting in bad faith for taking the issue to the Labor Court in the middle of negotiations after Cabinet last week assigned Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to oversee the process.

At least 553 doctors and radiographers are on strike and the order for them to return to work expired at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The new twist to the health workers’ industrial action comes after a Labor Court on Saturday night ordered doctors to return to work within 12 hours, saying the 23-day strike was illegal. (The Herald)

— A flurry of behind-the-scenes consultations that took place before the Aug. 1 army killings has lifted the lid on who actually authorized the military deployments that quelled demonstrations which rocked the capital Harare on that fateful day. (Daily News) Enditem

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