Saturday, 20 April, 2019


Mnangagwa flies as Zimbabwe burns, General CHIWENGA takes over

Vladimir Putin says Mnangagwa flies as Zimbabwe burns, General CHIWENGA takes over
Bennie Garza | 14 January, 2019, 21:27

Six people were gunned down by the Zimbabwe National Army in August previous year following protests over delays in announcing results of the July presidential election won by Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced an sharp increase in fuel prices in a measure to improve supplies as the country struggles with its worst petrol shortages in a decade.

A crew of journalists hired a taxi in an attempt to move into the heart of demonstrations in the city centre‚ but the protesters who toyi-toyied threw missiles at them - afraid that their faces would be photographed and used later to track them down by authorities.

Announcing the price increases, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said customers were expected to use multiple currencies, including the troubled bond note, to purchase the precious liquid.

The mainstream opposition in Zimbabwe appeared to have been taken by surprise by the disorder.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, which represents most labour unions in the southern African nation, issued the call Sunday, a day after the government boosted prices of gasoline to $3.11 a litre from $1.34 and diesel to $3.21 a litre from $1.49.

In his televised address late Saturday, Mnangagwa said the prices of petrol and diesel would more than double to tackle a shortfall caused by increased fuel usage and "rampant" illegal trading.

Although this will most certainly have an adverse effect on the way businesses respond to this, Mngangagwa, according to My Zimbabwe News, assured his people that the increase would not see price hikes in the retail environment.

Government doctors went on a 40-day strike beginning in early December demanding salaries in U.S. dollars and improved working conditions, while teachers' unions called a strike this week for better pay but their calls went largely unheeded.

Government has accused the strike organisers of pushing a political "regime change" agenda and of "subversive political activities".

"We want Mnangagwa to know our displeasure in his failure", said another Bulawayo protester, 22-year-old Mthandazo Moyo.

Doctors in state hospitals went on a 40-day strike beginning early December demanding salaries be paid in USA dollars. Workers in Zimbabwe are not paid in dollars, so where do they get the money from?

The government claims fuel prices were lower than in other regional countries, saying some foreigners were taking advantage and buying fuel in bulk for resale elsewhere.

Teachers unions also called a strike this week for better pay, though their calls went largely unheeded.

Mnangagwa had on Saturday also announced "a package of measures to cushion government workers".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa touched down in Russian Federation today, which is the first leg of his 5 nation trip which will end at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

When he took over from Mugabe, Mnangagwa pledged to revive the moribund economy and end the country's worldwide isolation.

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