Articles tagged 'shutdown'

Court acquits first batch of protesters 30 January 2019 HARARE - Seven people have been acquitted of committing public violence crimes during anti-government protests. The six Chinhoyi residents, namely: Obey Zirota aged 37 years, Simbarashe Mubaira Kuenda, 25, Mini Bizabani, 41, Owen Musariranwa, 48, Basil Nhira, 19 and Adonai Tiriwawi, 22 — who w...
'Fuel price hike did not spark rebellion' 24 January 2019 HARARE - Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube has claimed what really triggered the rebellion in the streets last week was not the hike in fuel price, saying the demonstrations were pre-planned. The protests started after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a 150 percent i...
Police, army crackdown targeted males: ZHRC 23 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) yesterday castigated use of the military in arresting and bringing to justice suspected perpetrators of the three-day stay-away saying the army does not have arresting powers. Findings by the commission reveal that in the aftermath of January 14...
High Court ruling on Internet hailed 23 January 2019 HARARE - Information, communication and technology activists have welcomed the High Court's decision to have the Internet restored saying its shutdown violated the rights of millions of Zimbabweans. Government shutdown the Internet last week in a bid to stifle protests instigated by the Zimbab...
'Zanu PF torture camps emerge' 23 January 2019 HARARE - As the crackdown on anti-government protests escalates, human rights activists have reported the emergence of torture camps in the country following the clampdown on protesters, opposition leaders and other human rights activists, the Daily News can report. Human rights activists have...
State brutality won't help economy: ZHRC 22 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has condemned security forces' brutality saying heavy-handedness on protesters does not fix the economy. This comes after Zimbabwe witnessed one of its first ever deadly anti-government protests against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administrat...
'Govt has no power to shut down Internet' 22 January 2019 HARARE - High Court judge Owen Tagu has ordered the government to open Internet access to millions of Zimbabweans who were cut off last week during a three-day stay-away. In his ruling, Tagu ruled that the State Security minister had no authority to order mobile operators to shut down Internet...
Chamisa prays for violence victims 21 January 2019 HARARE - MDC leader Nelson Chamisa on Friday visited hospitals to see victims of the violence that took place during the recent three-day stay-away, which claimed the lives of at least 12 people, according to civil society organisations. Scores of people were injured during the disturbances th...
Are those arrested all hooligans, thugs? 21 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe security forces have reportedly arrested over 700 people over the recent violence and looting that took place in several cities and towns with most of them being teenagers while minors were released into the custody of their parents. While government officials appeared at var...
Civic leaders, MPs flee govt terror 21 January 2019 HARARE - Dozens of MDC officials and civic society leaders have gone into hiding as there is no let up by government against pro-democracy and political activists it accuses of being part of last week's crippling strike. Despite the withering criticism of  government by the international  comm...
'Inclusive national dialogue way to go after protests' 20 January 2019 HARARE - Our News Editor Gift Phiri sits down for a wide-ranging interview with Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson and director Tabani Moyo about last week's shutdown. Find below excerpts of the interview.  Q:  What is your assessment of the Shutdown in terms of its impact? A: The sh...
Zim at Crossroads as horror 2019 unfolds 20 January 2019 HARARE - The palpable fear among many Zimbabweans that 2019 would become yet another “annus horribilis” — Latin for a horrible year — has become a harrowing reality, with the country's political and economic situation declining ever more rapidly, the Daily News on Sunday can report. This comes...
Security roadblocks marshalled everywhere 20 January 2019 HARARE - State security agents have maintained a heavy presence on the country's major roads following a three-day stay-away that took place early last week. This comes after some civil society organisations are calling for yet another stay-away next week in a bid to force government to look i...
'Zim crisis could spill into neighbouring countries' 20 January 2019 HARARE - While 2018 saw new leadership being announced in key southern African countries, the region's leaders have failed to live up to the expectations of their electorates. This is according to Human Rights Watch, which on Thursday launched its World Report 2019 in Johannesburg. “The new...
Businesses bemoan shutdown losses 20 January 2019 HARARE - Industry and commerce, the transport sector, the informal sectors and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange incurred terrible loses during last week's shutdown.  Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Peter Mutasa and #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire called on citizens to stay at home from J...
Cry my beloved Zimbabwe . . . as country is closed for business 20 January 2019 HARARE - Once open for business, Zimbabwe is closed for business. Shops are closed, people are scared and companies are closing just as is the democratic space that President Emmerson Mnangagwa opened up when he took power through a coup in November 2017. Loads of goodwill that the internat...
Byo protests had SA feel . . . Zanu PF accused of generating looting 20 January 2019 HARARE - Analysts and politicians in Bulawayo have hailed the significant uptake of the national shut down in the second capital, noting that citizens in the city heeded the call due to the unacceptable levels of the economic meltdown. In an unusual pattern, protests erupted in Bulawayo on Mon...
Zim at Crossroads 20 January 2019 HARARE - The palpable fear among many Zimbabweans that 2019 would become yet another “annus horribilis” — Latin for a horrible year — has become a harrowing reality, with the country’s political and economic situation declining ever more rapidly, the Daily News on Sunday can report.   [Adz] ...
Plan to embarrass ED in Switzerland 19 January 2019 HARARE - Pressure is mounting on President Emmerson Mnangagwa regarding his planned trip to the World Economic Forum (Wef)'s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week — amid Zimbabwe's worsening political crisis, the Daily News can report. This comes as plans are afoot by Mnangagwa's see...
Death toll from riots rises to 12 19 January 2019 HARARE - As normalcy slowly returns to Zimbabwe after days of tensions between protesters and security forces following this week's deadly riots — human rights groups yesterday said the death toll from the clashes has risen to 12 — and that 78 people were shot during the protests. This comes a...
Internet shutdown anachronistic 19 January 2019 HARARE - The advent of new media brought in a wave of innovative approaches to the distribution and acquisition of knowledge.  What the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government is doing in shutting down the Internet in the face of growing criticism and social unrest is behind the times. ...
Army deployed to Bulawayo streets 19 January 2019 BULAWAYO - Government has deployed the much-dreaded Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in the city as part of its desperate move to contain the civil unrest that was fast getting out of hand. All roads leading to the city centre are being manned by heavily-armed military personnel checking the few v...
ED sued over Internet blackout 19 January 2019 HARARE - Two civic society organisations have dragged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the High Court following a government decision to completely shut down the Internet twice in a week, following a three-day stay-away called by labour unions early this week.   In the application filed on Wedn...
Barring of injured from emergency services slammed 19 January 2019 HARARE - The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has condemned the obstruction of injured citizens from emergency medical services in the wake of the violence that rocked the country during the stay-away. CWG executive director Itai Rusike expressed concern over the consequences of the cu...
'MDC won't compensate anyone' 19 January 2019 HARARE - MDC Alliance said it will not compensate anyone for the damages incurred during the national stay-away. The party's vice president Morgen Komichi told the Daily News that his party was not behind the crippling protests. This comes after government blamed MDC-Alliance and its alleged a...