Zimbabweans trickle back into Harare

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Zimbabweans trickle back into the capital, Harare on Thursday after three days of violent protests over fuel price hikes. Residents are hopeful the situation will soon normalize.

“Things are beginning to normalize now so going to work is the only option otherwise our families will suffer more”, said Harare resident, James Vambe.

“I think things are becoming to be normal as of now because people are starting to trickle in the city, I think its starting to normalize’‘ Andrew Rashaike, another resident said.

Protests pose a huge hurdle to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as some lament they have run out of basic commodities to survive.

“There is nothing to eat at home and I have run out of basic commodities so that has forced me to come into town and I hope that shops will be open so that I can buy supplies,” lament Harare resident, Kurai Munetsi.

For Richard Texas, “the transport charges are still too high, imagine paying $3 for a one-way journey when you used to pay $0.50c so nothing has changed at all.”

Scores of civilians, including a prominent activist and pastor, Evan Mawarire have been detained and are expected in court on Thursday, January 17. Lawyer for Mawarire said her client has been charged for inciting public violence.



Photos: Bongo returns to Morocco after one-day Gabon visit

4 hours 51 minutes ago

Having inaugurated a new government led by prime minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale, Gabon’s president Ali Bongo made his way back to Morocco on Wednesday, to continue his recuperation, a source told AFP.

“He returned to Rabat to resume his rehabilitation,” a source in his entourage told AFP.

Bongo, who has been abroad for months, recovering from a stroke, spent one day in Libreville where he swore in 38 ministers of a new government.

The ceremony at the beachside presidential palace in Libreville on Tuesday was closed to the press and public.

His return had temporarily ended an absence that saw an attempted coup by renegade soldiers.

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The oil-rich West African state has been without an effective government for months since Bongo, 59, suffered the stroke in October 2018 during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

After initial treatment at a hospital in Riyadh, Bongo was transferred to Morocco.

His return came just over a week after a small group of renegade soldiers briefly tried to stage a coup before it was quashed by security forces, who arrested the leader and killed two others.

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Violence affecting tourism in Kenya, Zimbabwe [Travel]

4 hours 58 minutes ago

Violence affecting tourism in Kenya, Zimbabwe

Kenya and Zimbabwe two beautiful countries. – now marked by violence.

Kenya is a country in East Africa with a coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands and lets not forget Mount Kilimanjaro. All of this overshadowed by gunmen who attacked a compound in the Westlands district of Kenya’s capital on Tuesday, killing at least 21 people. The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.

Then, we head to Zimbabwe. The travel publisher Lonely Planet ranked Zimbabwe as third in their “Best in Travel” 2019 edition. However, they might have to change that selection considering the recent deadly protests over economic hardship and a sharp increase in the price of fuel. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe , the country’s largest mobile operator, said on Wednesday its internet services had been cut off following an order from the government.

So would you still travel to a country synonymous with violence or without internet connection?

Well, I recently spoke to experts from both countries who say its still a good time to a visit.

Kenyan journalist Timothy Simwa explains why you can still visit Kenya

Despite price hikes, the violence and internet shutdown, Zimbabwean journalist Sean Chiwawa says Zimbabwe is still a good country for travellers..

Lets discuss further on Twitter and Facebook @NyashaKMutizwa


Here's a recap of Zimbabwe's 3 days of deadly protests

5 hours 15 minutes ago

Hardly six months after president Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected in a disputed election, promising to revive the economy and break with the Mugabe era, a national strike this week has further dented the hopes of Zimbabweans.

Dollar shortages are battering the economy, rocketing inflation is destroying the value of citizens’ savings and the government is reacting forcefully to crush dissent.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) on Sunday called for a three-day national stayaway and shutdown campaign, urging citizens to shun schools, banks and their businesses from Monday to Wednesday.

ZCTU capitalised on the anger and frustration that followed Mnangagwa’s announcement that fuel prices would be more than doubled to tackle a shortfall caused by increased demand and “rampant” illegal trading.

Mnangagwa ‘deeply saddened’ by protests

After three days of an often violent crackdown by the police on protesting Zimbabweans, Mnangagwa addressed the nation through his Facebook page.

“Resolving Zimbabwe’s economic challenges is a monumental task, and while it may not always feel that way, we are moving in the right direction,” said Mnangagwa, who is on a business trip in Eastern Europe.

‘‘Over the past two days, as I have been in Russia working on economic agreements that will give our economy a much needed boost, I have been deeply saddened by events in our beloved homeland.’‘

These protests, coming only five months after six people were killed in post-election demonstrations last August, pose a challenge for Mnangagwa who is till struggling to demonstrate reform in the government and ruling ZANU-PF party, after he replaced long-time leader Robert Mugabe following a coup in November 2017.

The protests in numbers

3 days of a national strike (ZCTU)
3 people died during protests (Police)
600 people arrested (State broadcaster ZBC)
172 people treated for injuries (Human rights doctors, ZADHR)

68 treated for gunshot wounds (ZADHR)

The crackdown on protesters comes comes nearly a month after a commission of inquiry found that the military used ‘disproportionate and unjustified’ force to quell post-election protests.

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