Fuel price shock! Zim's petrol price to more than double

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

Roads leading into the capital from some townships have been blocked by protesters, and commuters are being forced to disembark and go home.

Riot police tried to quell demonstrations in the western suburbs of Emakhandeni and Luveve, firing warning shots and tear gas, but the protesters remained defiant.

"What kind of a man does this?"

In Belarus, President Mnangagwa will focus on mining and agricultural equipment, having already agreed to cooperate in those areas and Zimbabwe is already benefitting from mining equipment and cooperation in the energy sector.

Asked to give a timeline on when local currency would be reintroduced, Ncube said it would be done "in less than 12 months".

The visits will consolidate and solidify the engagement processes that the President has outlined as the focus of Zimbabwe in the Second Republic while also providing an opportunity to transform the excellent political ties into mutually beneficial economic ties.

He said from midnight Saturday, petrol prices would rise from $1.24 a litre to $3.31 and diesel from $1.36 a litre to $3.11. Workers' trade unions have called for a three-day nationwide shutdown in protest.

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. The roots of the crisis lie in a 2009 decision to abolish the Zimbabwe dollar in favour of the use of other currencies, primarily the United States dollar.

Mnangagwa, who leaves for a five-nation tour on Sunday, warned the government "will not allow" businesses to trigger a new round of price increases.

"We are not going anywhere with these piecemeal solutions that are not solutions". This government is trying to play with us.

Shops closed in downtown Harare as riot police patrolled the streets and a military helicopter flew over the capital.

Soldiers were deployed at a shopping centre in Bulawayo's township of Entumbane where protesters looted shops.

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

Zimbabwe's government is trying resuscitate the country's struggling economy. Media reports from Harare also said police conducted house-to-house searches looking for protesters. Party leader Nelson Chamisa - who narrowly lost to Mnangagwa in July's disputed election - has called on the president for dialogue to find ways to resolve the country's crippling economic crisis.

"Mugabe was evil but he listened", he added, referring to former autocratic and longtime ruler Robert Mugabe who was ousted in November 2017.

However, since the government's introduction of a two percent transaction tax in October, Zimbabwe's money woes have worsened and inflation has soared to double-digit figures since then.

Early on Monday Mnangagwa set off on a five-nation tour which starts in Russian Federation and ends at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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