Internet blackout leaves Zimbabwean economy, homes in the dark

Internet blackout leaves Zimbabwean economy, homes in the dark 31

HARARE – When the government ordered internet service providers to shut down the internet in an effort to curb anti-government protests, it also plunged homes into darkness because people cannot pay their utilities online. Most Zimbabweans use Econet’s Ecocash mobile-phone payment system for daily transactions. They mostly buy electricity in units of $5 or less and almost all domestic users are on prepaid meters, so many buy for $1 at a time. According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Ministry, less than five percent of commercial transactions in the country involve cash, mainly…

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Strive Masiyiwa says Econet complied with government internet blackout directive

Strive Masiyiwa says Econet complied with government internet blackout directive 33

HARARE – Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa said Tuesday that his network had taken down internet services across Zimbabwe on government orders, saying resisting would have led to imprisonment for the management. The government blocked internet access a day after widespread protests against a 150 percent increase in fuel prices announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last Saturday. Human rights groups said troops and armed police had simultaneously launched a door-to-door crackdown to smoke out anyone suspected to have taken part in the protests in major cities. At least five people were…

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Mnangagwa leaves Russia empty handed as army crackdown continues at home

Mnangagwa leaves Russia empty handed as army crackdown continues at home 35

MOSCOW, Russia – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived for a meeting with Russian leader Vladmir Putin at the Kremlin on Tuesday seeking loans from Russia but left with a stack of agreements on military cooperation and stemming money laundering. Russia also showed renewed interest in mining platinum in Darwendale and selling its fertilizer to African markets. The two men spoke as Zimbabwean cities resembled ghost towns, a day after deadly protests against a 150 percent fuel price increase Mnangagwa announced on Saturday before flying to Russia on Sunday. The Zimbabwe…

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DA leader Maimane calls on South Africa to intervene in Zimbabwe

DA leader Maimane calls on South Africa to intervene in Zimbabwe 37

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane called on the South Africa to intervene in Zimbabwe where the military and police, under a complete internet shutdown, launched a brutal door-to-door clampdown targeting government critics on Tuesday. Maimane told the Cape Town Press Club that the South African government can no longer remain silent on the tensions in Zimbabwe, where doctors said close to 30 people were treated for gunshot wounds “We can’t approach the latest crisis with silent diplomacy. We’ve to go in there and intervene, and…

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Calls for diaspora protests at Zim embassies as govt blocks internet

Calls for diaspora protests at Zim embassies as govt blocks internet 39

By UK Bureau Pro-democracy groups called on Zimbabweans in the diaspora to stage protests at the country’s embassies after the Harare regime shut down the internet as it launched a crackdown against civilians. Harare, Bulawayo and most towns and cities were deserted Tuesday, the second day of countrywide protests called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and backed by the opposition and anti-government groups. Five people were killed in Monday’s unrest while dozens were injured, according to the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights. A government minister…

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‘All white people are racist,’ claims EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

‘All white people are racist,’ claims EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi 41

EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi divided social media users on Tuesday after claiming all white people were racist and trying to get the hashtag #AllWhitePeopleAreRacist to trend. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi He was responding to suspended Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen’s statement she read out at a press conference held by union Solidarity. Some on Twitter were quick to tell Ndlozi that his statement was overly generalised and irresponsible, though he also enjoyed support. Last week Barkhuizen shared a picture of a classroom at the North West school that caused outrage…

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Sanco claims ANC exposing own corruption by supporting Shepherd Bushiri’s church

Sanco claims ANC exposing own corruption by supporting Shepherd Bushiri’s church 42

Mudslinging in Pretoria continued to deepen on Tuesday in the aftermath of the deadly stampede at the Shepherd Bushiri-led Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, with the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) taking aim at its political partner the African National Congress and its youth league. Tshwane City Manager Mr Moeketsi Mosola and Tshwane’s Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga are seen during a press briefing at Tshwane House, 15 August 2018, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles “We are not surprised at all by the ANC Youth League of Tshwane’s stance on issues happening…

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KENYA: Extremists in deadly attach on upmarket Nairobi hotel

KENYA: Extremists in deadly attach on upmarket Nairobi hotel 43

By Associated Press NAIROBI: Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex. A witness said he saw five bodies at the hotel entrance alone. Al-Shabab — the Somalia-based Islamic extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead — claimed responsibility. “It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible,” said a man who ran from the scene, Charles Njenga. As night fell,…

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Robert Rotberg: Mnangagwa’s petrol price hike is madness… this is what he should be doing

Robert Rotberg: Mnangagwa’s petrol price hike is madness… this is what he should be doing 45

By Robert Rotberg | The Citizen | When economically challenged rulers try to run nations, especially fragile ones, they can easily make mistakes.  President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Dr Constantino Chiwenga during a press conference at State House where he announced the doubling of fuel prices. Picture by John Manzongo In the past few weeks demonstrators have taken to the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman to protest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s removal of subsidies that have long kept bread and fuel affordable. Now it’s Zimbabwe’s turn. Just before flying…

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Acting President Chiwenga please STOP army killings

Acting President Chiwenga please STOP army killings 46

Chiwenga We write this statement to implore Acting President Constantine Chiwenga to order an immediate stop to a near genocide situation developing in the country and call for urgent negotiations to restore normalcy and security of the citizen in the country. We appeal to SADC, AU, UN and the broader international community to immediately step in to restore peace and tranquility in the country, with a particular emphasis on the safety and security of unarmed civilians merely exercising their democratic and constitutional right to protest. Zimbabweans are a patriotic and…

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