Major urban centres in Zimbabwe are deserted today as people took heed of calls from pro- democracy civic groups to stay at home to register their anger over government’s failure to revive the economy.
There are also calls for ailing President Robert Mugab, 92, and his cabinet to step down. Schools, shops, supermarkets and other businesses are reportedly closed all over the country including major towns, Harare, Bulawayo, Kwekwe, Gweru, Mutare and the resort town of Victoria Falls while public transport operators are also not ferrying people to the central business district or any other various destinations.
Private vehicles are also off the roads as there were threats to burn cars which would be seen on the roads.
There is however heavy presence of armed riot police and the army in the streets and outside major supermarkets including some Choppies stores which are on the list circulated on social media to be one of the targets in the event that people decide to become violent.
Choppies stores in Zimbabwe are run by Vice President Phekezela Mphoko who has been castigated several times for staying in an up market hotel at the expense of suffering tax payers.
He has been staying at the hotel since his appointment in 2014 arguing that his state residence is still being renovated to meet his standards.
Meanwhile people are sharing pictures on Twitter of deserted areas around the country which are usually buzzing in normal days and venting their anger on government’s bid to stifle sharing of information as WhatsApp is down.