$3.31 Fuel Price in Zimbabwe Sparks Protests
New fuel pump price of $3.31 in Zimbabwe has sparked protests in the countries two main cities of Harare and Bulawayo as residents fear the new measure would affect the economy negatively.
Petrol prices was $1.24 a litre (£1.11)
However, the government of Emmerson Manangagwa says the hike in fuel price will enable distribution of the product to all parts of the country.
“On Saturday, President Mnangagwa announced that the price of petrol would more than double. It is intended to improve supplies as the country struggles with its worst fuel shortages in a decade”, reports BBC
Protesters stopped people getting to work . Commuters have been stranded in Zimbabwe’s two main cities as angry protesters reacted to a more than doubling by blocking buses from carrying passengers, reports AFP news agency.
“Angry people are preventing commuter buses from carrying passengers. People are just stranded,” Nhamo Tembo told AFP. He was trying to travel from Epworth, a poor suburb, east of the capital Harare.
Boulders blocked roads leading to Harare city centre this morning.
“We want [President Emmerson] Mnangagwa to know our displeasure in his failure,” protester Mthandazo Moyo told AFP.
“[Ex-President] Mugabe was evil but he listened,” he added.