SHUT DOWN: Some of the shops remain closed

Most businesses and shops remained closed in Bulawayo today (Thursday), while a few major supermarkets which were open were under heavy police guard.

People were actually made to queue outside the shops as they were not allowed to get inside in numbers, in apparent fear of looting and stampede for food as experienced in most shops in the high density areas.

The situation was reportedly the same in Harare and other towns and cities as shop owners seem to have taken a ‘wait and see’ attitude.

Zimbabweans took to the streets on Monday to protest over high fuel prices which were more than doubled up on Saturday.

The protests and mass stay-away which was called upon by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions was scheduled to end on Wednesday but seems to be continuing.

Most roads leading to high density areas from the city centre were still barricaded while public transporters were still off the road as of today (Thursday) afternoon.

Schools also remained closed. 

Meanwhile more than 600 people are said to have been arrested throughout the country in connection with the violence and looting of shops which was experienced in high density suburbs.

UNDER CONTROL: Queues were under control to maintain order


  1. The international community need to do something ASAP in this country The regional block and AU seem to have failed the people There do not seem to be interested in making a statement ??

  2. One cannot go on blaming “Sanctions” the problem is “CORRUPTION ” MISMANAGEMENT that has been going on for many years and it is not being curtained in a proper manner and it could affect those at the very top

  3. “Civil society petitions AU over Zimbabwe crisis
    African Union chairman, and Rwanda President Paul Kagame
    from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
    HARARE, (CAJ News) – CIVIL society organisations in Zimbabwe have petitioned the African Union (AU) to intervene and resolve the crisis in the country after a strike over fuel increases left at least eight people dead.

    The organisations-under the banner of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC)- believe the situation in Zimbabwe deserves similar attention as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over which the AU is meeting.

    The meeting was set for Thursday (today).

    Richard Mahiya, CiZC chairperson, alerted the AU leadership to the killing of some protesters, arrest of more than 150 civilians and the shutdown of the internet during the protests that rocked the Southern African country between Monday and Wednesday.

    Mahiya warned the ongoing crisis, which was worsened by steep increases in the price of fuel, might result in regional instability as Zimbabweans seek food, shelter and refuge in neighbouring countries.

    “It is our considered view that the country might be sliding into a state of emergency,” Mahiya said.

    “We therefore call on the African Union to place Zimbabwe on the agenda of the consultation meeting,” he stated on behalf of the coalition of civil society organisations.

    The AU had not commented on the situation in Zimbabwe.

    In October last year, the CiZC met with the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Namibian President Hage Geingob, seeking the regional bloc’ intervention in Zimbabwe following economic turmoil.

    SADC has been criticised for its so-called quiet diplomacy on Zimbabwe.

    Only Botswana has voiced its concern against the repressive government.”

  4. It is not LOGICAL for the Reserve Bank to be taking all the Foreigh Currency from accounts of Businesses and replacing them with Bond Notes that no one is prepared to accept. How will the businesses function??

  5. If there were a company external auditors tasked to find the whereabouts of Monies in this country it would send SHOCK waves of who has taken what and from where? and even if the Mugabe man was investigated it would send SHOCK waves

  6. ” UN denounces Zimbabwe’s ‘excessive use of force’
    On Jan 18, 2019 58,903 21
    The U.N. human rights office is denouncing reported “excessive use of force” by Zimbabwe’s security forces against protesters opposed to dramatic fuel price increases and austerity measures.

    Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters Friday in Geneva: “It’s very difficult to manage a situation like this, but the bottom line is that the use of live ammunition by security forces was used, excessive violence was used.”

  7. Astonishing that the regional bloc has not commented while the world has condemned what is going on
    Do they not care about the ordinary people in the bloc-absolutely astonishing?
    Just like the crisis in the DRC it seems not it is going to get out of hand because when irregularities were discovered they should have met with all parties IN TIME to say this AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and not TAKE THEIR TIME TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE