USA issues travel warning

HARARE - The United States yesterday issued a travel warning to its citizens in the wake of tensions fomented by the hotly-disputed election, whose aftermath was marred by violent clashes that led to the death of atleast six people.

In a travel warning, the US, which has courted the wrath of Zanu PF after it renewed sanctions on Zimbabwe notwithstanding cosmetic reforms put in place by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, said its citizens should exercise caution when visiting the country.

“Zimbabwe is experiencing civil unrest, violence, and heightened political tension following the general elections held on July 30, 2018.

“The security situation remains volatile. On August 22, the Constitutional Court will begin hearing the election challenge filed by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC),” reads the travel warning issued by the US State Department.

This came after angry protesters ran amok in Harare’s central business district on August 1, destroying property worth thousands of dollars.
To contain the demonstrators, police called for backup from the military who used live ammunition to disperse the protestors, resulting in the death of at least six people.

Mnangagwa and his government have refused to take responsibility for the deaths, blaming the MDC Alliance leadership for inciting their supporters to riot.

Since the killings that shocked the world, tension has been rising in Zimbabwe with soldiers and the police maintaining a heavy presence on the streets, apparently in anticipation of more riots.

In its warning, Washington said its citizens should have a well-structured escape plan in the event that the situation tips over.

“Stay away from this area and the commercial business district, avoid demonstrations and all public gatherings, exercise increased caution, have extra food, water and medication on hand, establish a communication plan with your friends and family so they know when to expect to hear from you...be vigilant and take steps to enhance your personal security; and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations,” reads the red warning.

Comments (9)

Very unfortunate indeed tourism was beginning to improve, not only USA citizens will take heed of this warning but most of international travelers too.

Sinyo - 23 August 2018

musauye kuzimba unogona kungoerekana warohwa nepfuti uchizvifambira.......

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Gora - 24 August 2018

Very true Zimbabwe is no longer a safe place to foreigners and its own citizens. Please exercise a bullet can log into your head unexpectedly.

Toyitomato - 24 August 2018

Exercise caution

Toyitomato - 24 August 2018

we are safe in Zimbabwe

ndini - 24 August 2018

Its unfortunate this newspaper prefers to publish this rubbish and we all know that this is bullshit. Can you tell me which is safer to walk the streets of Harare and the streets of Joburg? Can the Editor answer this simple question. How many foreigners are killed in the streets of Joburg than in the streets of Harare? How many foreign Tourists have been hijacked, robbed or killed in the streets of Joburg than in Harare? Im disgusted by my own people who are fed with American propaganda.

Eddos - 24 August 2018

On point Eddos, you see someone saying dont come to Zimbabwe but he is zimbabwean. How can a loyal zimbabwean smile at this rubbish. Trump himself is facing impeachment. why worry about him. We have enough resources and all we just need are investors.

disgusted - 24 August 2018

and America is not the only investor

disgusted - 24 August 2018

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