16 Jan Zimbabwe protests

Early this week there was heavy police presence on Zimbabwean streets as more violence was expected on day two of the national shutdown. Angry protesters in Zimbabwe's capital Harare barricaded roads and burned tyres after President Mnangagwa announced a massive fuel price hike. In Bulawayo, police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters. Reports have suggested that five people have sustained gunshot wounds following the unrest. Mnangagwa announced over the weekend a more than 100 percent rise in the price of petrol and diesel. The government was also accused of shutting down the internet with communication on the popular WhatsApp platform impossible from mid-morning and access to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook restricted.
To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined in studio by:
• Lovemore Kadenge, president of the Zimbabwe Economics Society.
• Gideon Chitanga, researcher and analyst from Political Economy Southern Africa.
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