No changes to Africa tour plans but NZ monitoring Zimbabwe

Whatsapp banned in Zimbabwe

Whatsapp banned in Zimbabwe

"At the same we are monitoring the situation in other cities and towns", Mafunda said, adding that they were still compiling the number of those arrested.

ZIMBABWE deployed its police force in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday as thousands of workers heeded a call to join a strike over an economic collapse that has led to a shortage of cash, import controls and the failure of the government to pay salaries on time.

"While in camp in Pretoria we will be able to keep an eye on what is going on".

Residents of Epworth suburb flee as riot police fire teargas after a protest by taxi drivers turned violent in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 4,2016.

New Zealand are scheduled to for a week-long training camp in Pretoria in South Africa before proceeding to Zimbabwe for a two-Test tour which spans three weeks.

New Zealand are scheduled to meet Zimbabwe in two tests, both in Bulawayo.

The Black Caps undertook a trouble-free three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe previous year.

"The situation in Zimbabwe is mostly calm but some reports of politically-motivated intimidation and violence continue".

New Zealand's foreign affairs ministry warns travelers to Zimbabwe "should be vigilant and maintain a high level of personal security awareness".

Earlier this year, Mugabe said there was need to regulate social media in the country as he believes the sites offers Zimbabweans a cheap platform for criticising his government. Several other strikes - reportedly featuring the likes of civil servants, doctors, teachers - have also taken place in the drought-hit country. According to reports, sites like Facebook can not be accessed even if the user is using high speed internet while WhatsApp has been blocked.

Government workers boycotted this week because they had not been paid their June salaries. The government agency that oversees the country's cellphone providers issued a warning against what it described as "gross irresponsible use of social media and telecommunication services".

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