STAY-AWAY 2019: General unrest rocks nation……police on high alert

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A protestor burns tyres in Emakhandeni high -density surburb in Bulawayo on Monday morning. Pic by Mbuso Ncube

By Staff Reporters

The #SHUTDOWNZIM mass stay away called for by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU), This Flag movement and other social movements kicked off this Monday morning with chaos reigning supreme across the nation.

The protestors are demanding to be paid in United States dollars, the reduction of fuel prices, removal of the bond notes among a cocktail of other challenges.

Harare

There has been road blockages in high density areas like Epworth, Chitungwiza, Mabvuku and surrounding areas.

Riot police reportedly stormed Epworth and Mabvuku where protestors were blocking roads with stones and burning tyres.

Choppies Mabvuku has been looted clean as protests go on overdrive.

The central business district had most of the shops closed and some employers like Lyons were turning back their workers home.

However, big retail outlets like Bon Marche, OK First Street,Pick N Pay Jason Moyo Spar and Choppies were open for business.

Mobile Network Operators Telecel Second Street and Econet First street were also open- so as banks.

Commuters from Chitungwiza had to fork out $5 to town while it was $2 from most suburbs but the availability of the kombis is erratic.

Protestors are slowly making their way into the CBD on foot in a potentially explosive move that is likely to see running battles between protestors and police.

Bulawayo

Bulawayo is likely to be the epicentre of the #SHUTDOWNZIM where the riot police clashed with protestors in the CBD.

The kombi fares increased from $1 to $3 and $5 .

It appears the protests ceased from being fuel price  demos as protestors called for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to leave office. 

Armed soldiers are also slowly trickling in the streets.

The riots started in the morning around 7am and are still on going in different suburbs like Phelandaba, Emakhandeni, and Mpopoma

Protestors who included commuter omnibus operators were attacking cars and kombis that were ferrying people to the CBD. 

In Nkulumane riot police were forced to fire teargas as protestors got violent.

The Bulawayo CBD has become a ‘hard hat’ area as protestors are pelting stones at riot police in a development that is likely to see the City of Kings as the epicentre of this stay-away.

KAROI

All shops were closed in Chikangwe and Chiedza high density areas.Six uniformed police officers were deployed at Chikangwe bus terminus on high alert.

However, there is no incident of violence so far.