Hundreds of people in Harare and Bulawayo took to the streets today to protest over a massive fuel price hike which came into effect at midnight on Saturday.

Price of both diesel and petrol more than doubled to $3.11 (P31) and $3.23 (P32)  respectively.

Surprisingly, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the new prices, a thing which would have been done by the Energy minister.

In both cities, major roads leading into the city centres were barricaded as protesters blocked motorists from entering or leaving the CBD.

In Bulawayo some shops were closed early as some people also took advantage of the situation to loot shops.

The fuel price hike is likely to push inflation up while prices of commodities will also go up, hence today’s protests as consumers were already complaining of eroded incomes.
(images: social media)

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cheerful

“Two people were reportedly shot in the capital, Harare, as demonstrators barricaded roads and set tires on fire.”
What is the regional bloc saying about the use of LIVE AMMUNITION on unarmed protesters . This is not the first time this has been used??

cheerful

International telvision has shown this.
There protests around the world to
The yellow vests in France that have been going on from last year
The protests in the Sudan
and other around the world

cheerful

This country is OVER THE EDGE WITH DEBT AND CORRUPTION
“MOZAMBIQUE: Zimbabwe embassy staff go on strike; unpaid for three years
By reporter263 January 15, 2019 0 Comments
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STAFF at Zimbabwe’s embassy in Mozambique reportedly went on strike Monday, protesting against unpaid salaries in a new diplomatic embarrassment for the embattled Harare administration.

The reports come at a time when Britain’s foreign office recently revealed that the Zimbabwean embassy in London was among the top three tax-dodging foreign missions based in the UK.”

cheerful

When a country is over the edge with DEBT and CORRUPTION, people not receiving SALARIES ETC. for as long as goodness gracious knows one would never do the following- this is another lastest article – THIS IS THE PERSON WHO HIRED THE PLANE FOR THAT WOMAN CALLED GRACE MUGABE AND THEY DO THE SAME THING (??) “By Farai D Hove| The expensive private jet Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has hired for his Russia and Europe trips. In the pictures below is the man himself touching down in Russia today, and the video afterwards shows the expensive private jet which… Read more »

cheerful

Who in heavens name will tell such leaders that Money does not grow on TREES??

cheerful

The question of the use of LIVE AMMUNITION ON UNARMED PROTESTERS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN UP BY SADC and hopefully this time THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE REGIONAL BLOC?

That Inquiry on the violence on post elections just went away and did nothing . Have they made recommendations to SADC?

cheerful

“Mudzengi said Mnangagwa’s hiring of expensive private planes were not only a Zimbabwean problem, but an African post-colonial problem where leaders wanted to live in luxury as long as they were in power.”

cheerful

This is from an article in August 2018

“AU, Sadc toothless bulldogs’
By newsday
– August 13, 2018

THE presence of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the African Union (UN) observer missions during the just-ended elections has only served to rubber-stamp the political status quo and sanitise electoral fraud, civil society organisations (CSOs) and opposition political parties in Bulawayo have said.

BY SILAS NKALA

The CSOs and political parties said the two regional organisations have always been bedfellows with Zimbabwe’s ruling elite since 2000.

Both blocs endorsed the just-ended elections as free, fair and credible even hours before the disputed presidential results were announced. “

cheerful

The organisations mentioned should not be seen to be just Rubber stamping the political status quo an sanitise electoral fraud. – this sort of scenario is happening in the DRC?

cheerful

The International community have already responded in an article before SADC (???) This country is a member of SADC ? “British legislator Kate Hoey which chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Zimbabwe demanded a statement from the UK government. “Very worrying news from Zimbabwe. Internet completely blocked, army on the streets, violence and injuries. @foreign @Jeremy_Hunt must make a statement,” Hoey said on Twitter. Senator Chris Coons In Washington Senators Chris Coons and Cory Booker urged the Zimbabwean government to respect the rights of protesters and restore access to social media, internet and telephone services. “We are deeply troubled by… Read more »

cheerful

And this is probably where most african countries go wrong instead of seeing to settling their debts and attending to such issues as corruption – their love for buying arms instead of the basics like attending to health issues, the need for food security etc. (the positive things) ” Mnangagwa to buy ‘State-of-the-Art’ Russian arms On Jan 16, 2019 45,369 36 82 Shares Zimbabwe plans to continue its defence and security cooperation with Russia, but needs to build up funds to buy “state-of-the-art” Russian weapons, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told news agency Sputnik on Tuesday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa President Emmerson Mnangagwa… Read more »

cheerful

This is another latest article
“‘South Africa has turned a blind eye on Zimbabwe’
‘South Africa has turned a blind eye on Zimbabwe’
Published: 1 hour ago (52 Views)
Brandishing a poster reading: “The untold suffering of Zimbabweans”, a group of around 100 protesters demonstrated outside Zimbabwe’s embassy in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.”

it should not only be South Africa it should the SADC region as a whole to do something