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Zimbabwe on edge as fuel protests continue

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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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  1. “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??

  2. 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

  3. 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.”

  4. 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 costs $70,000 per hour to hire, and all this expenditure coming at a time when he pays doctors a paltry $85 per month”

  5. 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?

  6. “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.”

  7. 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. “

  8. 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?

  9. 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 reports of deaths, widespread arrests, beatings, and harassment of protestors by security forces of the Government of Zimbabwe,” the senators said in a statement.

    “The Zimbabwean people have the constitutional right to protest peacefully and express themselves regarding developments in their country.

    “Government officials and security forces must respond with professionalism and respect for human rights and the rule of law

    “We also call on the Government of Zimbabwe to rescind the directive ordering communication service providers to cut or restrict access to social media, internet, and telephone services.

    “Such abrogations of constitutional and basic legal rights are not what the people of Zimbabwe were promised under President Mnangagwa.”

  10. 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
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    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

    “We have always had cooperation in the field of defence and security with Russia,” said Mnangagwa who is in Moscow on a three-day state visit.

    “This we are not abandoning … Yes, at the moment we don’t have much economic muscle to buy the things which we would want to buy from the Russian Federation, but down the line, as Zimbabwe becomes stronger in terms of its economic muscle, we should be able to buy the type of hardware, which we know the Russian Federation has and is the state-of-the-art type of equipment that they have, but we are not in a hurry.”

    The Zimbabwean leader added that the country would like to focus on “manpower” first.

  11. 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