Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Anger as Mnangagwa raises petrol prices in Zimbabwe

Anger as Mnangagwa raises petrol prices in Zimbabwe

In the capital, Harare, hundreds of residents in the suburb of Epworth blocked roads to prevent buses from getting to their destination.

In Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe will explore possibilities of trade relations and cooperation in the mining sector as Kazakhstan has a wealth of mineral resources that it has exploited for the benefit of its country while Zimbabwe would like to export citrus fruit, coffee, tea and tobacco to Astana.

The airline made the announcement on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

The deployment of the military came one month after an official report said police and soldiers used "unjustified and disproportionate" force to kill 6 people during election protests in 2018. Police who tried to stop protestors were pelted with stones and they had to flee from the scene.

HARARE - Zimbabwean soldiers on Monday were deployed to some areas of the capital where police were clashing with protesters over fuel hikes.

In Bulawayo's city centre, people marched to the court and disrupted proceedings.

"We have suffered enough", said the author Philani Nyoni, who was part of the protest in Bulawayo.

After years in worldwide isolation, Zimbabwe's economy has been in decline for more than a decade, with cash shortages, high unemployment and recently a scarcity of basic staples like bread and cooking oil.

Mnangagwa also announced that government guests by way of foreign missions and other registered foreign bodies and tourists will fuel and refuel at designated points at price US$1.24 and US$1.32 for diesel and petrol.

Reuters reported on Monday that the drastic 150% overnight rise in Zimbabwe's fuel prices failed on Sunday to ease a nationwide petrol and diesel shortage caused by a lack of hard currency.

The government has accused the strike organisers of pushing a political "regime change" agenda and engaging in "subversive political activities".

"It has become obvious that there is deliberate plan to undermine and challenge the prevailing constitutional order", said government spokesman Nick Mangwana in a statement late Sunday night.

He accused unnamed opposition parties of disguising themselves as civic groups and of sponsoring civil unrest.

"We want Mnangagwa to know our displeasure in his failure", an angry Mthandazo Moyo told AFP.

"Mugabe was evil but he listened", he added.

Mnangagwa, who took over from longtime leader Robert Mugabe and won a disputed election last July, also announced a package of measures to help state workers after strikes by doctors and teachers over poor pay.

The action comes shortly after junior doctors ended a 40-day strike demanding salaries in U.S. dollars and better working conditions.

The stay-away comes as a foreign-exchange shortage has sparked scarcities of everything from fuel to bread, caused doctors to stay away from work and companies to cut or cease production because they can't import raw materials.

Teachers unions called a strike last week for better pay, but their calls went largely unheeded.

"The government is now aware that we are not happy with their stupid policies like the fuel price increase".

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.

The government's tactics "will serve to worsen the current crisis in the country while further alienating the country from the worldwide community", it said.

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